Introduction to African Literature
Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Area of Study
African Studies, English, Literature
Taught In English
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Host University Units6
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
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.