African Novel: African Women Writers and the Literature of Exile
This 600-graduate level course will be guided by the following questions: what are the elements of the hybrid cultures? If decolonization of the mind can be achieved, and violence begets violence, and the signs of the colonizers cannot be eradicated, and the former and purest form of the nation before invasion cannot be regained, what then of the mixtures? What culture do the blended peoples create? Which forms do they enlist to do this, and what are the implications? We will explore structures that toe borders—that capitalize on using elements of more than one genre to illuminate narratives that neither genre could reveal completely independently. To that end, much of the material for this course is cross-genre. You will also be responsible for reading and briefly evaluating one critical text per week; you’ll be responsible for finding those texts and making them available for your peers on the class blog.
- Complete one creative project in which you exercise creative writing and/or visual craft.
- Develop critical reading and analysis skills
- Analyze themes of marginalization through a selection of cross-genre (primarily) West African Novels
- Analyze literature from African Women writers
- Define and apply theoretic lenses including feminist and queer theories
Dates: 4/5 & 4/7
Hyrbridity/Cross genre literature+Queer Lit+Literature of Exile
Tues: Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo (1977) (Ghanian, Anglophone)
Thurs: Wilentz, Gay (1991) “The Politics of Exile: Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy,” Studies in 20th Century Literature: Vol. 15: Iss. 1, Article 12. http://dx.doi.org/10.4148/2334-4415.1271
Selections from Hale, Dorothy. The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
Dates: 4/12 &4/14
Tues: So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ, Modupé Bodé-Thomas (1989) (Senegal, Francophone)
Thurs: Obioma Nnaemeka.”Feminism, Rebellious Women, and Cultural Boundaries: Rereading Flora Nwapa and Her Compatriots” Research in African Literatures. (Summer 1995)
Dates:4/19 & 4/21
Tues: Purple Hibiscus by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche (2005) (Nigerian, Anglophone)
Thurs: Selections from Eustace Palmer. Of War and Women, Oppression and Optimism: New Essays on the African Novel. Africa World Press. 2008
Dates: 4/26 &4/28
The African Graphic Novel
Tues: Marguerite Abouet, Aya de Yopougon.
Marguerite Abouet and John Zuarino. An Interview with Marguerite Abouet. Bookslut. May 2007 http://www.bookslut.com/features/2007_05_011047.php
Thurs: Repetti, Massimo. “African Wave: Specificity and Cosmopolitanism in African Comics”. African Arts40.2 (2007): 16–35. Web.
Chapter 6 Kukkonen, Studying Comics + Graphic Novels. John Wiley & Sons. 2013.
Additonal Reading: Comic art in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America : a comprehensive, international bibliography / compiled by John A. Lent ; forewords by Effat Abdel Azim, Esmail, Abu Abraham, and Ares (Aristides Esteban Hernández Guerraro).
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996