Introduction to African Literature

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to African Literature

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview


    The purpose of this module is to introduce students to key texts and contexts of the African Literature.

    At the end of this module, students will be able to:

    • use post-colonial concepts through which to engage critically with post-colonial texts;
    • examine or analyse representations of cultural conflicts within African societies as well as between African culture and Western culture;
    • discuss the interface between African oral tradition and Western literary tradition in African literature written in English;
    • understand socio-political and historical implications of the processes of decolonization;
    • write well-argued and well-constructed essays on specific topics and texts in this course;
    • think critically on gender, race and class relations under patriarchy and colonialism.

    Students are introduced to the cogent use of the following critical concepts:

    • Alienation, ambivalence, ambiguity, assimilation, alterity, ?Other?, Self, centre, margin, binary opposition, subaltern, cultural identity, subjectivity, masculinity, femininity, colonialism, post-colonialism, decolonization, imperialism, patriarchy, racism, intertextuality, re-writing.

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