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 well – with the caveat that I may still add or drop one or two of these titles over the next few weeks. The only titles I absolutely promise not to drop are Things Fall Apart and Nervous Conditions. I can almost absolutely promise you’ll need The Wretched of the Earth, too (and if you plan to do any kind of postcolonial lit or theory, this is a book well worth investing in). But this should give you some idea of where we might be headed. All titles are linked to their corresponding Amazon page.
We will be reading a significant amount of criticism and theory, but with the exception of Stephanie Newell’s book (which is a combination of primary and secondary materials) I don’t think I’m going to require any critical texts for purchase. I may create a course pack in hard copy that can be purchased at Quick Copy in the basement of Russell House. The advantage of the course pack over PDFs is that you buy the thing and then spend very little time and money downloading and printing individual readings. If you’ve got strong feelings about a course pack versus e-reserves, let me know.
- Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
- Chris Abani, GraceLand
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
- Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
- Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Petals of Blood
- Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
- Ken Saro-Wiwa, Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English
- J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
- Stephanie Newell, Readings in African Popular Fiction