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Masterpieces Of African Literature

  • Who is it for?

    This course is for anyone with an interest in African literature. No prior knowledge or previous experience of reading literary texts is required. If you do have some experience of reading African literature, you should also find this course a suitable extension and deepening of your knowledge and understanding.
    We will read some texts originally written in languages other than English, but we will read them in English translation, and no knowledge of other languages is required.

  • What does it cover?

    The texts we will study include:

    Thomas Mofolo, Chaka (1925)
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)
    Mariama Bâ, So Long a Letter (1979)
    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (1988)

    Alongside these, we will also look at extracts from works by other African writers and thinkers of the 20th century.

    By the end of the course, you should:

    ' understand the broad history of 20th century African literature, and the circumstances of the production of each text
    ' identify and interpret key themes in 20th century African literature, such as colonialism and postcolonialism, language, gender, and memory
    ' acquire a rich textual, contextual, and critical knowledge of each text and author

  • What will it be like?

    Classes will typically consist of an introduction to the topic and relevant themes by the tutor; close reading of extracts from the texts; open discussion of the themes and ideas evoked by the texts; small group work; and suggestions for further reading.

    We will assess your expectations of the course in the first session, and we will monitor your progress through class discussion

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    It is not essential but highly recommended that you have a hard copy of the texts we will study. The texts are all available via mainstream booksellers, and should also be widely available to buy second-hand. Selected extracts from the texts, and further supporting material, will also be made available to you.

    Beyond reading the set texts, we do not require any extra study or practice outside the class; however, the tutor will provide suggestions for further reading and links to other resources should you wish to deepen your knowledge of any of the texts and topics discussed.

  • What could it lead to?

    You could continue to explore this theme in the next term when we turn to Masterpieces of Contemporary African Literature. You might also be interested in other Literature, History, Anthropology, Philosophy or other course at the centre or other similar institutions.

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Masterpieces Of African Literature

05 November 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 18:30 to 20:30
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High Street, Stratford
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08 November 2024 – 13 December 2024
Friday, 10:30 to 12:30
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