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140248 VO Chinua Achebe: Father of African Literature 1930-2013 (2013W)

Details

Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course will discuss and assess the contribution of Chinua Achebe to African and World literature. Close readings of his five novels Things Fall Apart in the late (1950), No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987), with reference to Achebe’s non-fiction works, in order to gain and in-depth understanding of his life and works. Critical and academic reception of the so-called 'Father of African literature' will be examined against the backdrop of Nigerian history and developments in literary-critical approaches over the last 60 years. Among others, the following questions that will be addressed in the course: given his undisputed status as the father of African literature and the renown of Things Fall Apart, how do we account for the fact that Chinua Achebe was never awarded the Nobel prize for literature? Why in Africa is the relationship between prose and politics so intense and what characterises this relationship? What are the chief developments in critical appraisal and reception of Achebe’s works over the past 60 years? What are the chief developments in the thought and work of Achebe over his lifetime?

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam during the final lecture date.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- To gain an in depth understanding of the life and work of Chinua Achebe and his contribution to African and World literature
- To understand the historical context of Achebe’s works in Nigeria, Africa and on the World stage
- To obtain an in-depth understanding of the critical reception of Achebe’s works

Examination topics

Primarily lectures with tutorial format for short discussions.

Reading list

Mandatory reading (novels):
Things Fall Apart (1958)
No Longer at Ease (1960)
Arrow of God (1964)
A Man of the People (1966)
Anthills of the Savannah (1987)

Academic texts that will be consulted (extracts):
Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage, 1994.
Quayson, Ato. Postcolonialism: Theory, Practice or Process? Cambridge: Polity, 2000.
Harris, Michael. Outsiders and Insiders: Perspectives of Third World Culture in British and Post-Colonial Fiction. Peter Lang: New York, 1994.
Iyasere, Solomon. Understanding Things Fall Apart: Selected Essays and Criticism. New York: Troy, 1998.
Etc.

Association in the course directory

SAL/A, EC-148, M8 (BA Vergl. Litwiss.), M3 (MA Vergl. Litwiss.), 7. M-07 - Transdisziplinäres Modul

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