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135053 PS PS Social history of literature: Introduction to African Literature in English (2019W)

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 21.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 04.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 11.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 18.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 25.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 02.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 09.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 16.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 13.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 20.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Monday 27.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG

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Aims, contents and method of the course

AIMS:
• Identify, analyse and understand key political, aesthetic and philosophical issues in African literature
• apply theory to a variety of literary texts and reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts
• discriminate between ideas and define personal positions and justify them intellectually

CONTENTS: This course will introduce African literature in English in its historical, philosophical and aesthetic context. Based on representative short texts (mainly short stories and essays) by some of the best-known authors of the 20th and 21st century, it will focus on the changing role of African literature in the creation of African postcolonial identities and the coming to terms with traumatic history and troubled present times. Issues and themes to be explored include the role of African literature in anti-colonial resistance and decolonization, the language of African literature, Afrocentrism vs. Afropolitanism, the influence of African orality and Western genres on postcolonial African literary aesthetics, the clash between tradition and modernity, the construction of national and ethnic identities in literature, and the position of Anglophone African literature within world literature.

METHOD: seminar

Assessment and permitted materials

- weekly response paper (500 words) 20%
-oral presentation 10%
-participation in class discussion 20%
-final written exam, which will include Yes/No, multiple choice and short essay questions 50%
Minimum requirement for the exam: 50% correct answers

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- weekly response paper (500 words) 20%
-oral presentation 20%
-participation in class discussion 10%
-final written exam, which will include Yes/No, multiple choice and short essay questions 50%
Minimum requirement for the exam: 50% correct answers

Examination topics

• literature as an instrument of anti-colonial resistance and decolonization
• the construction of ethnic and national identities in literature
• language choice
• the clash between tradition and modernity
• the representation of women and feminism
• the criticism of African literature
• the process of canonization and the material aspects of publishing
• appropriation vs. abrogation
• social realism versus modernism
• writing back
• the Black writing model
• the influence of African orality and Western forms on the African novel
• the representation of trauma
• the style and function of popular literature
• African identity and the postcolonial self
• the position of African literature in world literature
• the “Afropolitan” and diasporic identities versus Afrocentric and local ones
• the influence of liberal humanist, feminist, Marxist, post-structuralist, postcolonialist and postmodernist discourses on African identities and literatures

Reading list


Association in the course directory

BA M5

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