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Fall 2013-2014
* COM 239 / AFS 239 / AAS 239 (LA)  

Introduction to African Literature and Film

Wendy L. Belcher

African literature and films have been a vital (but often unacknowledged) stream in and stimulant to the global traffic in invention. Nigerian literature is one of the great literatures of the 20th century. Ethiopian literature is one of the oldest in the world. South Africans have won more Nobel Prizes for Literature in the past forty years than authors from any other country. Senegalese films include some of the finest films ever made. In this course, we will study the richness and diversity of foundational African texts (some in translation), while foregrounding questions of aesthetics, style, humor, and epistemology.

Sample reading list:
Amos Tutuola, The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy
Anonymous, Kebra Nagast
Ken Saro Wiwa, Sozaboy
Ousmane Sembene, Faat Kiné
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
An average of 130 pages of reading a week (all readings in English) and 60 minutes of viewing a week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20793 L01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
P01 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:0 Limit:15