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143248 VO The Genocide in Rwanda in African Literature (2021W)



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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The lecture will be held digitally and in a biweekly block with a total of 6 sessions of 3 hours each (with break).

  • Friday 15.10. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Friday 29.10. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Friday 12.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Friday 26.11. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Friday 10.12. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital
  • Friday 21.01. 11:00 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture deals with the reception and representation of the genocide in Rwanda in the writing of African authors inside and outside Rwanda. It compares survivors' testimonial literature, documentary, and fictional literature in terms of forms and social functions of storytelling in a post-conflict situation and, more broadly, in transition to a culture of memory. The focus is on the texts produced as part of the project 'Rwanda Writing Against Forgetting' in the first decade after the genocide. This was a project at the intersection of socio-political and artistic engagement that took ten writers of different nationalities to Rwanda to research and write about the genocide and its legacy in Rwandan society. The texts will be discussed in the context of scholarly and media debates about the possibilities and limitations of literary writing in representing social trauma.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination at the end of the semester

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Independent reading of course literature; ability to discuss the literary texts covered in the critical approaches presented in lecture.

Examination topics

Contents of the lecture

Reading list

- Dauge-Roth, Alexandre. Writing and Filming the Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda: Dismembering and Remembering Traumatic History. Lanham: Lexington Books 2010.
- Diop, Boubacar Boris. Murambi: The Book of Bones. Trans. Fiona Mc Laughlin. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.
- Monénembo, Tierno. The Oldest Orphan. Trans. Monique F. Nagem. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
- Gatore, Gilbert. 2012. The Past Ahead. Trans. Marjolijn de Jager. Bloomington: Indiana UP.
- Hitchcott, Nicki. Rwanda Genocide Stories: Fiction after 1994. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press 2015.
- Kopf, Martina. 'Scattered testimony: locating the Rwandan genocide in transnational witnessing' In: Routledge Handbook of African Literature, hg. v. Moradewun Adejunmobi und Carli Coetzee 2019, S. 354-368.
- Kyomuhendo, Goretti. 1999. Secrets No More. Kampala: Femrite.
- Monénembo, Tierno. 2004. The Oldest Orphan. Trans. Monique Fleury Nagem. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska Press.
- Mujawayo, Esther; Souâd Belhaddad. 2005. Ein Leben mehr: Zehn Jahre nach dem Völkermord in Ruanda. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag.
- Mujawayo, Esther; Souâd Belhaddad. 2007. Auf der Suche nach Stephanie. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag.
- Mukasonga, Scholastique. 2014. Die Heilige Jungfrau vom Nil. Trans. Andreas Jandl und Indra Wussow. Heidelberg, Neckar: Das Wunderhorn.
- Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo. ‘The Weight of Whispers.’ In: Kwani? 1 (2003).
- Small, Audrey. ‘The Duty of Memory: A Solidarity of Voices after the Rwandan Genocide’. In: Paragraph 30:1 (2007), 85-100.
- Stockhammer, Robert. Ruanda: Über einen anderen Genozid schreiben. Frankfurt am Main: suhrkamp 2005.
- Tadjo, Véronique. 2001. der schatten gottes: Reise ans Ende Ruandas. Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag.

Association in the course directory

ÜAL 2/1, ÜAL2/2, SAL/A, SAL/B, MA: SAL.VO.1, SAL.VO.2,
EC-148, EC-647

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