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143223 VO African Poetry Workshop (2021S)



Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Das Semester ist derzeit digital geplant.
Do 13:00-15:00
Beginn: 11.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, after an introduction to the evolution of African poetry from the pre-1960’s era to the present, and after a survey of a typology of African poetry, participants will continually write poems about Africa and Africans in any language of their choice but most preferably in African languages, English, French or German. At later stages of the course these poems produced by the participants during the course will be subjected to critique and evaluation by all course participants and, where possible, by guest lecturers invited to read their own poetry.

Learning objectives:
 To provide learners with an understanding of African culture through the art of poetry
 To give learners the opportunity to study to appreciate African poetry
 To give learners the opportunity to write, read and critique African-themed poems

Methods: lecture, guest appearances, poetry writing, criticism, and multimedia presentation of self-produced poetry;
Class interaction will be in the form of lectures, student in-class writing of poems, critiques, guest poetry reading, computer-based electronic communications, and demonstrations of fundamental African poetry through photos and film, and fieldtrips to the African diaspora communities in Vienna.

Assessment and permitted materials

Producing a poetry collection volume of at least 10 poems about Africa and Africans in African languages, English, French or German as a term paper/exam.
Course assessment will be in form of a written exam on the last day of course. Make sure you are available to take this exam!

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

No previous study on African literature is required. Students who graduate from this course are prepared to pursue more advanced courses in African literature.

Examination topics

Reading list

Texts/References/audio-visual materials:
Bayo Ogunjimi and Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah. Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 2005. xxi + 256 pp. Notes. Bibliography. Index

Bodomo, A. B. 2017. Parallel text: a theoretical and methodological strategy for promoting African language literature in the twenty first century. In: Translation: A Transdisciplinary Journal, Issue 6, September 2017, p. 36-52.

Bodomo, Adams. 2007. Documenting Spoken and Sung texts of the Dagaaba of West Africa:
Empirical Musicology Review, Ohio

Mhlambi, B. 2012. Notes on African Language Poetry:

Mhlambi. xxx. African-Language Literatures (Innocentia Jabulisile Mhlambi)

Jerome Judson. 1980. The Poet’s Handbook. Writers’ Digest Books. Cincinnati, Ohio

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