Comprising of over 50 countries and a population of over a billion, it is almost impossible to provide a comprehensive account of the literature of an area as vast as the African continent in a single course. Rather, this course aims to introduce students to the major discourses that have shaped and continue to shape contemporary Anglophone African literature. Cognizant that discourses of contemporary Anglophone African literature are performed and contested beyond the literary text, this course will also explore other forms of media such as mainstream news coverage, films and TED Talks, to determine how they interact with the literary text.
Students participating in this course are expected to purchase and read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2014) by the first day of class. Among other things, we will also in this class engage with the film adaptation of Half of a yellow Sun (Director, Biyi Bandelehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZHM8OKNU_U) and Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg).
All students are expected to ACTIVELY participate in class discussions and each student will also be required to give an oral class presentation.