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140149 VO African Women's Writing and African Feminism (2016W)

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Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 11.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 18.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 25.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 08.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 15.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 22.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 29.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 06.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 13.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 10.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 17.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 24.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 31.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Content: The issues of women’s rights and liberation from patriarchy were secondary in the history of African emancipation struggles that were primarily focused on political independence. They came to the fore-front with the arrival women into the literary arena after independence and from the beginning constituted a controversial subject that appeared to privilege Western modernity in place of African tradition. African male writers’ rewriting of the history written by the colonizer privileged male achievement and symbolically displaced women from the nation, relegating them to the traditional domestic space and reproductive roles. In fact, male embracing of aspects of Western modernity depended upon preventing women’s access to that modernity, appointing women as guardians of tradition. African women writers reacted to these false dichotomies with their own rewriting of the male history of the anti-colonial struggles and independence, problematizing the meaning of independence, the nation, tradition and modernity. At the same time, they were negotiating their own place in the global women’s movement and assessing the usefulness of Western feminist ideas for their own needs. Contemporary African women’s writing shows development in thinking about African women’s roles and struggles, the definitions of African feminism, and the larger question of the meaning of African modernity. At the same time, feminism is not exclusive to women’s writing but characterizes also literature by male writers. Rather than focusing just on the political aspect of this literature, this course will emphasize the relationship between the politics, aesthetics and socio-historical and material context in order to explore the role of the literary text in the circulation of a global image of Africa. We will examine a variety of genres, including the novel, the short story, the memoir, the essay and the Bildungsroman, as well as theoretical writing, and explore their function and effectiveness.

learning objectives: On completion of this course the student will have developed the ability to:
identify, analyse and understand key political, philosophical and aesthetic issues in African women’s writing
understand the development of African discussions on women’s rights and African modernity
apply close reading skills to a variety of literary texts and be able to analyze them from a literary-critical perspective
reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts

Assessment and permitted materials

Final essay (3,500 words), last due date June 30, 2017. Correction essays must be submitted by the end of June 2017 (3 attempts at correction are possible).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria for written work:

-Conditions (timely delivery, correct extent, presentable shape, presence of all components of a written work): Here no points can be awarded, but might be deducted!

-Contents (in particular the soundness of the argument, supported with evidence from primary and secondary sources; the ability to read text closely and interpret both form and content; the ability to identify, analyse and understand the context and make connections; the ability to reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts, instead of just citing secondary texts as a source of authority and interpretation; clear formulation, structure and organization of the argument; detection of the central points; correctness of methodology; originality; creativity; scope or relevance of the secondary literature used and their methodologically consistent incorporation): Here about 60% of the points will be awarded.

-Format (esp. layout and clarity of presentation; formatting; citation practice; consistency and care): Here about 20% of the points will be awarded.

-Language (particularly scholarly terminology and correct use of technical terms; clear and understandable language; correct spelling, grammar, and composition; care about style): Here about 20% of the points will be awarded.

In all three areas at least 50% of the points must be achieved in order to obtain credit. The mark breakdown is as follows:

Excellent (1) 90-100 %
Good (2) 80-89 %
Satisfactory enough (3) 65-79 %
Unsatisfactory (4) 50-64 %
Fail ( 5) 50 -0 %

Examination topics

Reading list

Primary works

Flora Nwapa, Efuru (1966)
Buchi Emecheta, Joys of Motherhood (1979), The Bride Price (1976)
Nuruddin Farah, From a Crooked Rib (1970)
Yvonne Vera, Butterfly Burning (1998), Without a Name (1994), Under the Tongue (1996)
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)
Chinua Achebe, ‘Girls at War’ (1972)

ESSAYS AND PHILOSOPHY
Flora Nwapa, ‘Women and Creative Writing in Africa’ (1998) in Tejumola Olaniyan and Ato Quayson, eds., African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory (2007)

Yvonne Vera, ‘Writing Near the Bone’ (1997), in Olaniyan and Quayson (2007)
Buchi Emecheta, ‘Feminism with a small f’ (1988), in Olaniyan and Quayson (2007)
Molara Ogundipe-Leslie , ‘STIWANISM: Feminism in an African Context’ (1994), in Olaniyan and Quayson (2007)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ (2012) - youtube
Nawaal el Saadawi, ‘The Struggle to End the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation’, in African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices, ed. by J. B. de Hernandez et al. (2010)

Secondary works
Kirsten Holst Petersen and Anna Rutherford, A Double Colonization: Colonial and Post-Colonial Women's Writing (1986)
Susheila Nasta, Motherlands: Black Women's Writing from Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia (1992)
Florence Stratton, Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender (1994)
Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, Gender in African Women's Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference (1997)
Mary Modupe Kolwaole, Womanism and African Consciousness (1997)
Stephanie Newell, Writing African Women: Gender, Popular Culture, and Literature in West Africa (1997)
Ernest Emenyonu and Simon Gikandi, eds., New Women's Writing in African Literature (African Literature Today no. 24, 2004)
Elleke Boehmer, Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation (2005)
Chielozona Eze, Postcolonial Imagination and Moral Representations in African Literature and Culture (2011)
Elisabeth Bekers, Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960-2000 (U of Wisconsin Press, 2010)

Association in the course directory

ÜAL1, ÜAL2, EC-148;
BA-M8, MA-M3;

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