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140131 VO Issues in African Literature in English: Past and Present (2012S)

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Sprache: Englisch

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Lehrende

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Dienstag 06.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 13.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 20.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 27.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 17.04. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 24.04. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 08.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 15.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 22.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 05.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 12.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 19.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Dienstag 26.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This introductory lecture series will trace the birth and development of modern African literature in English and French up to the present time, exploring the political, aesthetic, and philosphical issues in this literaure. The political issues include the colonial encounter, anti-colonial nationalism, post-independence disillusionment and the issues of decolonization, the clash between tradition and modernity, the position of African women, African diaspora, the impact of neo-colonization and globalization on Africa, the process of canonization of certain writers, and the material aspects of publishing. The aesthetic issues include topics such as social realism versus experimental approaches, Black writing, language choice, the influence of African orality and Western forms on the African novel, popular literature and the history of criticism of African writing. The philosophical issues to be explored include African identity and the postcolonial self, the position of African literature in world literature, the universal versus local, and the influence of poststructuralist, postcolonialist and postmodernist discourses on these identities. Framing the discussion will be the question of how African literature can be defined and whether the term 'African literature' is useful at all in approaching writing from the continent.

Lecture topics:
Lecture 1: The birth and development of African writing in English
(the colonial factor; language; audience; relationship with orality; missionary education factor; the publishing of African literature in English and French)
Lecture 2:The rise of African national consciousness
Lecture 3:The role of the writer in Africa and the development of African literary aesthetics
(orality; 'writing back' versus 'writing alongside' the Western tradition; politics versus aesthetics; the 'truth of fiction'; 'decolonizing the mind')
Lecture 4: Marxist aesthetics in African literature
Lecture 5: The African writer and the divided nation: the era of disillusionment
Lecture 6: The criticism of African literature: from commonwealth to postcolonial
Lecture 7: The aesthetics and politics of Négritude and Black Consciousness
Lecture 8: Women’s writing and feminism
Lecture 9: Defining African modernism, postmodernism and magical realism
Lecture 10: Popular literature
Lecture 11: Diaspora writing
Lecture 12: Queer writing
Lecture 13: Postcolonialism and poststructuralism

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Final essay (10-12 Pages).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

.) identify, analyse and understand key theoretical and historical issues in the field of African literature
.) understand the development of modern African literature
.) analyse key African literary works in terms of their social, historical, aesthetic and philosophical context
.) apply close reading skills to a variety of literary texts
.) reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts
.) discriminate between ideas, define personal positions and justify them intellectually
.) produce well-structured, relevant arguments with an appropriate intellectual framework

Prüfungsstoff

Lecture.

Literatur

Main theoretical text:
African Literature: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism, ed. Tejumola Olaniyan and Ato Quayson (Blackwell, 2007)

Primary texts:
Camara Laye, The Dark Child (1953)
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)
Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease (1960)
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, The River Between (1965)
Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born (1968)
Ousmane Sembene, Xala (1974)
Dambudzo Marechera, The House of Hunger (1978)
Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood (1979)
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Devil on the Cross (1982)
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)
Ben Okri, The Famished Road (1990)
Yvonne Vera, Without a Name (1994)
Biyi Bandele, The Street (1999)
Sello Duiker, The Quiet Violence of Dreams (1999)
Helon Habila, Waiting for an Angel (2001)
Chika Unigwe, On Black Sisters’ Street (2009)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

SAL, EC-148, (AL.1)

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:34