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Spring 2016-2017
* AAS 342 / COM 394 / AFS 342 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sisters' Voices: African Women Writers

Wendy L. Belcher

In this class, we study the richness and diversity of poetry, novels, and memoirs written by African women. The course expands students' understanding of the long history of women's writing across Africa and a range of languages. It focuses on their achievements while foregrounding questions of aesthetics and style. As an antidote to misconceptions of African women as silent, students analyze African women's self-representations and how they theorize social relations within and across ethnic groups, generations, classes, and genders. The course increase students' ability to think, speak, and write critically about gender.

Sample reading list:
Esi Sutherland-Addy & Aminata Diaw, Women Writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel
Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood
Bessie Head, A Question of Power
Wangari Muta Maathai, Unbowed: A Memoir
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, I Do Not Come To You By Chance
NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 to 250 pages of reading a week (all readings in English); two five-page papers; one ten-page paper.

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41135 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:13 Limit:15