Tag Archives: Syllabus planning

South Africa TRC readings

We’ll take a breather from fiction on the Tuesday after spring break and look instead at some writings by a literary journalist (also a poet), a deconstructive philosopher, and an anthropologist/political theorist intended to give us some ways into thinking … Continue reading

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Where my syllabus assignment idea came from (sort of)

Yesterday in class I outlined my goals for the two-part syllabus design assignment I’ve given you.  What I didn’t explain was where this assignment came from.  There are a couple of origin stories here: in my own graduate courses I … Continue reading

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Readings for the First Week

I’m still putting some finishing touches on the syllabus, but here’s our schedule for next week. For Tuesday, we’ll read and discuss two short stories: J.M. Coetzee, “The Novel in Africa” (the link includes an introduction that you’re free to … 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 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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