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140133 VO Magic Realism and the African Novel in English (2012W)

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 12.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 19.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 09.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 16.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 23.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 30.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 07.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 14.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 11.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 18.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Freitag 25.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The proposed course will trace the genealogy of the category 'magic realism', its application in other geographical contexts, and an examination of the application of this concept to West African, East African and Southern African texts. A broad overview of contemporary texts will be discussed, and three novelists will be discussed in greater detail, namely Ben Okri (Nigeria), Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenya) and Zakes Mda (South Africa). Among others, the following questions that will be addressed in the course: does the category have any explanatory value in relation to African novels? If the term can be used to describe some of his texts (as it appears it can), why is it employed in the narrative mode? Even if its application is (at times) cogent, is it sufficient? What is the relation between magic realism and orature? When, in the African context, is the employment of this narrative strategy most powerful? Et cetera.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Written exam during the final lecture date.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

- To gain insight into the broad spectrum of applications of the term 'Magic Realism' in differing historical and geographical contexts
- To understand the possible range of applications of this narrative mode, its links to orature and its political implications
- To obtain an in-depth understanding of the narrative mode of Magic Realism in the African novel in English through close study of specific examples.

Prüfungsstoff

Primarily lectures with tutorial format for short discussions.

Literatur

Mandatory reading (novels):
Okri, Ben, The Famished Road , 1991, Cape.
wa Thiong'o Ngugi . Wizard of the Crow, 2006, Secker.
Mda, Zakes. Heart of Redness, 2000, Oxford UP.

Academic texts that will be consulted (extracts):
Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage, 1994.
Reeds, Kenneth. Magical Realism: A Problem of Definition. Neophilologus 90 (2006): 175-96.
Rushdie, Salman. Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991. New York: Penguin, 1992.
Ogundele, Wole. Devices of Evasion: The Mythic versus the Historical Imagination in the Postcolonial African Novel. Research in African Literatures 33.3 (2002): 129-39.
Cooper, Brenda. Magical Realism in West African Fiction: Seeing with a Third Eye. New York: Routledge, 1998.
Sewlall, Harry. Deconstructing Empire in Joseph Conrad and Zakes Mda. Journal of Literary Studies 19.3-4 (2003): 331-44.
Attwell, David. The Experimental Turn: Experimentalism in Contemporary Fiction.Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History. Ed. David Attwell. Scottsville: U of KwaZulu-Natal P, 2005. 169-204.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

ÜAL 1/2, (AL.1.), EC-1

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:34