The African Novel II: After Achebe|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 2003 novel, PURPLE HIBISCUS, summons Chinua Achebe, the "grandfather of African literature," in its opening line: "Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion." While Achebe is a formative influence on Adichie and on many other contemporary African writers, the central preoccupations of African literature have shifted considerably in recent years. This class will consider recent topics animating the field. These include debates about Afropolitanism, the role of publication houses and prize committees in the canonization and circulation of texts, queer African literature, African-language literature, and the position of African literature vis-à-vis world literature. Readings will be chosen from among the newest novels and short stories in publication.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
NoViolet Bulawayo, WE NEED NEW NAMES (2013)
Yaaa Gyasi, HOMEGOING (2016)
Abu Bakr Khaal, AFRICAN TITANICS (2014)
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, KINTU (2014)
Fiston Mujila, TRAM 83 (2014)
A. Igoni Barrett, BLACKASS (2015)
Msande Ntshanga, THE REACTIVE (2016)
Shailja Patel, MIGRITUDE (2010)
|Examination and Assignments: |
--Two 4-5 pp. response papers, in preparation for:
--One 20 pp. research paper
Each student will be responsible for beginning discussion during one class meeting.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference major requirement and contributes to the Race & Ethnicity concentration of the English major. It offers the Research Option for those pursuing Honors in English.
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