The African Novel I: Nervous Conditions|
Fall 2019 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
This class will consider several canonical novels from sub-Saharan Africa. Our focus will be on their aesthetic and thematic properties; the novels are not meant as introductions to African histories, cultures, peoples, or practices. We will explore, instead, the specific subjects and styles of each work in the context of wider debates about orality, language, colonialism, gender, and the novel. To better understand the political and aesthetic stakes of African literary canon formation, we will also attempt to identify what makes a work canonical.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)
Tayeb Salih, SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH
Chinua Achebe, NO LONGER AT EASE
Ama Ata Aidoo MY SISTER KILLJOY
Buchi Emecheta, THE JOYS OF MOTHERHOOD
Tsitsi Dangarembga, NERVOUS CONDITIONS
Miriama Ba, SO LONG A LETTER
Peter Abrahams, MINE BOY
Nuruddin Farah, MAPS
|Examination and Assignments: |
--Two 5pp response papers
--One 10-15pp final essay
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This course is the first of a two-part sequence which will be followed by ENGL223-After Achebe: The African Novel II in Spring 18. Students may opt to take only one semester of this sequence and will receive full credit for that semester.
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 students pursuing Honors in English.
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