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140201 VO Race, Gender and Sexuality in African Literature (2011S)

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max. 50 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

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Tuesday 08.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 15.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 22.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 29.03. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 05.04. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 12.04. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 03.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 10.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 17.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 24.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 31.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 07.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 21.06. 15:00 - 17:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-03
Tuesday 28.06. 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

This course will explore the many ways in which "race" and "gender" have come into being through each other and governed political identities and relationships in colonial and postcolonial Africa, as reflected in African anglophone literature of the last 100 years. "Race" and "gender" will be seen as interchangeable terms in the patriarchal enterprise of colonialism and the resistance against it, and as over-loaded concepts that continue to impact upon the understanding of what it means to be "African". Topics to be discussed include the gendered imagination of imperial adventure novels; the marginalization of femininity by both colonial and African nationalist discourses; feminist rewritings of African nationalism; the sexualized perception of mixed-raced identities in southern Africa; the pathologization of gay sexuality across Africa; the identity of women in Islamic Africa; and the sexualization and commodification of the African female body in the West. Through the trope of dissident desire, the creolisation and hybridity of culture and identity in Africa will be analyzed in all of its meanings, both positive and negative. Desire will be explored as both a destructive force and a boundary-breaking energy that can redefine both the body and the nation through an imaginary encounter with otherness.

Assessment and permitted materials

Argumentative essay, 10-12 pages.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- identify, analyse and understand key theoretical and historical issues in the field of postcolonialism
- understand the operations of race and gender categories in African literature, history and philosophy
- analyse key African literary works in terms of their social and historical 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 and define personal positions and justify them intellectually
- produce well-structured, relevant arguments with an appropriate intellectual framework

Examination topics

Lecture.

Reading list

Primary texts:
H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (1885)
Sarah Gertrude Millin, God's Step-Children (1925)
Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing (1950)
Black Consciousness poetry (handout)
Bessie Head, The Cardinals (1962)
Dambudzo Marechera, The House of Hunger (1978) and Black Sunlight (1980)
Lewis Nkosi, Mating Birds (1986)
Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood (1979)
Ama Ata Aidoo, The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965)
Yvonne Vera, Without a Name (1994) and Under the Tongue (1996)
Achmat Dangor, Bitter Fruit (2001)
K. Sello Duiker, The Quiet Violence of Dreams (2001)
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1998)
Chika Unigwe, On Black Sisters' Street (2009)
Parselelo Kantai, "You Wreck Her" (2008) - handout
Waris Dirie, Desert Flower (1998)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel (2006)

Association in the course directory

Afrikawissenschaften: SAL, (AL.1.) // IE: T IV // Anglistik: A 344 UF: SPP 2068 M323 - M325 - Literature Course (interactive) / A 343 Diplom: SPP 2206 M325 - Literature course / A 844 MA Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: 5206 3041 - MA4 - Literature 1; 5207 3042 - MA4 - Literature 2.

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