Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
WL31520
Module Title
Post-Colonial African Literature in English
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2 essays (2,500 words each)  Continuous Assessment:  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, student should typically be able to:

1. critically review and appraise the main issue in debates about African Literature;

2. relate the principal theories and practices of African postcolonial theory to the set texts;

3. describe and analyse the broad stylistic concerns of African literary forms;

4. demonstrate an understanding of the development of South African literature in its historical and political contexts;

5. exercise critical judgement on the range of literary material chosen for study;

6. engage in coherent oral discussion of the texts and background material;

7. discuss and illustrate the subject in a well-structured and argued manner.

Brief description

_Section A - EAST AND WEST AFRICA: "LEARNING ME YOUR LANGUAGE"

_Seminar 1: Africa and Colonialism
  • Introduction: Africa and its (post)colonial history
_Seminars 2 & 3: Theorising Colonialism: Language and National Identity
  • Text: Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood
_Seminar 4: Chinua Achebe - "Man of Two Worlds"
  • Text: Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
_Seminar 5: African Women Writing
  • Text: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
_Section B - SOUTH AFRICA: "AFRIKA MAYIBUYE"

_Seminar 6: Sophiatown and "District Six": Township Renaissance and Resistance
  • Text: Alex La Guma, The Time of the Butcherbird
_Seminar 7: Post-Sharpeville Protest
  • Text: Mbulelo Mzamane (ed.), Hungry Flames and Other Black South African Short Stories
_Seminar 8: 1970s: Black Consciousness and the Soweto Era
  • Text: Adam Schwartzman (ed.), Ten South African Poets
_Seminar 9. Where Do Whites Fit In?
  • Text: Nadine Gordimer, Burger's Daughter
_Seminar 10: Post-Apartheid Narratives?
  • Text: Mandla Langa, The Memory of Stones

Content

_Section A - EAST AND WEST AFRICA: "LEARNING ME YOUR LANGUAGE"

_Seminar 1: Africa and Colonialism
  • Introduction: Africa and its (post)colonial history
_Seminars 2 & 3: Theorising Colonialism: Language and National Identity
  • Text: Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood
_Seminar 4: Chinua Achebe - "Man of Two Worlds"
  • Text: Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease
_Seminar 5: African Women Writing
  • Text: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
_Section B - SOUTH AFRICA: "AFRIKA MAYIBUYE"

_Seminar 6: Sophiatown and "District Six": Township Renaissance and Resistance
  • Text: Alex La Guma, The Time of the Butcherbird
_Seminar 7: Post-Sharpeville Protest
  • Text: Mbulelo Mzamane (ed.), Hungry Flames and Other Black South African Short Stories
_Seminar 8: 1970s: Black Consciousness and the Soweto Era
  • Text: Adam Schwartzman (ed.), Ten South African Poets
_Seminar 9. Where Do Whites Fit In?
  • Text: Nadine Gordimer, Burger's Daughter
_Seminar 10: Post-Apartheid Narratives?
  • Text: Mandla Langa, The Memory of Stones

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6