Monthly Archives: November 2015

“Between Rwanda and Mandela”

A fascinating analysis of how the West’s variously optimistic and pessimistic assessments of Africa are really part of the same discourse.  We will likely be looking at Achebe’s scathing critique of (how we read) Heart of Darkness; I’m not surprised … Continue reading

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Books ordered!

After ignoring the first thirty nagging emails from the Russell House Bookstore while I thought and thought and thought about this seminar, I finally submitted a book order last night.  I am posting the list of “required texts” here as … Continue reading

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First novel: Things Fall Apart

The first novel we’ll be reading and discussing in this seminar is Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart -one of the most canonical and widely read modern African novels.  We’ll read it in conjunction with some critical writing by Achebe (probably … Continue reading

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African Lit Assoc. Conference – update and more info

The African Literature Association has extended its paper proposal deadline to December 6th – so there’s still time to submit something if you think you’d like to attend! It may be possible for a group of us to reserve a … Continue reading

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“Africa is a Country” Blog

I’m having trouble figuring out the “Blogs I Follow” widget, but wanted to share with you the title of a blog that collects some of the best cultural and political analysis of Africa in the media.  Great for everything from … Continue reading

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African Literature Association Conference: Atlanta, April 6-9, 2016

Some of you may be interested in attending, and/or presenting at, this upcoming conference.  I’ve been once and had a great experience: it attracts major figures in the field, but is also small and intimate enough that there are some … Continue reading

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Criticism and Theory anthology

I’m hesitant to require the purchase of this book for our course, as it’s quite expensive; I will do so if I decide we’ll be making heavy use of it throughout the semester, but I will likely put a copy … Continue reading

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