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143121 VO Topics in African Literature (Anglophone and Afrophone) (2021W)

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Monday 24.01.2022 13:00 - 14:30 Digital

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Examination topics

The socio-historical topics include for example re-writing colonial histories, anti-colonial nationalism, post-independence disillusionment and decolonization, the impact of neo-colonization and globalization on Africa, the criticism of African literature, the process of canonization, and the material aspects of publishing. The aesthetic topics concern for example style and genre, language choice, appropriation vs. abrogation, social realism versus modernism, and the influence of African orality and Western forms on the African novel. The philosophical topics to be explored include the role of the African writer and the function of literature in Africa, the construction of ethnic identities in literature, the clash between tradition and modernity, writing back to the centre, postcolonial hybridity, the representation of women by male authors, feminist discourses, the position of African literature in world literature, the questions of authenticity and audience, and the universal versus local. Framing the discussion will be the questions of the politics of identity and ownership of African literature and how African literature is related to and communicates with other literatures in the world.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam (3 mini essays, 90 minutes) OR Argumentative essay (3500 words, written at home).
In case of a new wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the exam will be taken online.
Permitted aids: any

The final essay should analyze at least one work (novel, play, or at least 2 short stories). You will be given a list of app. 20 essay topics to choose from. The final essay is not just a summary of what was said in the lecture. It should show your own approach to a primary work and bring original observations and/or opinions.

There will be 1 date for written exam and 3 dates for essay submission.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The exam will include short essay questions. You have to choose 3. Each should be a minimum 250 words long.

The final essay should analyze at least one work (novel, play, or at least 3 short stories). You will be given a list of app. 20 essay topics to choose from. The final essay is not just a summary of what was said in the lecture. It should show your own approach to a primary work and bring original observations and/or opinions.

The written exam will take place on the last date of the course only.
All exam dates are available for essay submission.
Permitted aids: any

Detailed evaluation criteria:

1) Content (in particular detection of the central points; clear formulation, structure and organization 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; 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.

2) Format (esp. layout, formatting, and citation practice): Here about 20% of the points will be awarded.

3) Language (particularly scholarly terminology and correct use of technical terms; clear and understandable language; correct spelling, grammar, and sentence 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) 49 -0 %

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