Johnathon Hall – Syllabus Assignment

For those not wishing to view my infographic syllabus below… I’ve typed the sources at the top!  Hopefully the image is legible upon publication and isn’t shrunk too much.  That being said, I rather like my image and hope you enjoy it as a mode for expressing a syllabus!

Abouet, Marguerite, Clément Oubrerie, and Dag Dascher. Aya: Of Yop City. Montréal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2008. Print.

Dawes, Kwame Senu Neville, and Chris Abani. Eight New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set. Box ed. Akashic. Print.

Fanon, Frantz, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Constance Farrington. The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove, 1965. Print.

Glasgow, Jacqueline N., and Allison L. Baer. “Lives Beyond Suffering: The Child Soldiers of African Wars”. The English Journal 100.6 (2011): 68–77. Web…

Gugler, Josef. “African Literary Comment on Dictators: Wole Soyinka’s Plays and Nuruddin Farah’s Novels”. The Journal of Modern African Studies 26.1 (1988): 171–177. Web…

Low, Gail. “The Natural Artist: Publishing Amos Tutuola’s “the Palm-wine Drinkard” in Postwar Britain”. Research in African Literatures 37.4 (2006): 15–33. Web…

Okunoye, Oyeniyi. “The Critical Reception of Modern African Poetry (la Réception Critique De La Poésie Africaine Moderne)”. Cahiers d’Études Africaines 44.176 (2004): 769–791. Web…

Sewpaul, Vishanthie. “Transforming Gendered Relationships: Rural Women in Africa”. Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity 78 (2008): 43–54. Web…

Tutuola, Amos. The Palm-Wine Drinkard. Faber & Faber Fiction. Web.

Link for “Africa: War is Business” (Note: There are better versions of this film available, but this is just ease of access and approximately 55 minutes)


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4 Responses to Johnathon Hall – Syllabus Assignment

  1. mmagnero says:

    One of the things I really like about this syllabus is the balance you have here in terms of readings, class discussion, and writing assignments. Also the way in which the syllabus brings in a cultural studies approach in its inclusion of graphic novels, poetry, film and music. One text that might be helpful in class discussion and in-class work on Aya of Yop City could be Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics- this text is concise, fun to read and I think it would work great for high school students.


  2. This looks like an engaging course invested in the way one form informs the next. It’s dynamic and balanced. I’m so glad you’ve included the New Generations African Poets boxset and Aya. If you’re looking for a “how to read comics text,” you might check-out Kukkonen’s Studying Comics + Graphic Novels. John Wiley & Sons. 2013. Also, since you’re using a cultural studies, multi-media approach, you might consider inviting a couple of the poets from the box set to skype in and give a reading or answer some questions. You could add a short writing assigment about interviewing/tie-in a question of the importance of archiving.


  3. Chalice says:

    I appreciate the inclusion of The Palm-Wine Drinkard and addressing possible problems head on while still engaging with the book. Beginning the course by interrogating things like the gaze of the western world looks like a strong lead. I think students would love the chance to explore and interact with all the extras in Aya; it is a book that will grab attention on multiple levels. I can imagine students really having fun thinking about Aya comparatively on the grounds of feminism.


  4. Anne Gulick says:

    Fanon in high school – hell yeah! I love the care you took with the layout, and would happily commission you to design my syllabi in the future. If you haven’t seen Adichie’s first TED talk, “The Danger of the Single Story,” let me highly recommend it as a way to set students up to tackle literature from unfamiliar cultural contexts.


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