Second Cycle Level 1
School of Languages and Media Studies
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study:
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study:
Approved by the Faculty School of Languages and Media Studies, 11 January 2008.
This syllabus is valid from 11 January 2008.
Revised, 28 October 2010.
Revision is valid from 01 July 2009.
Learning OutcomesOn completion of the course students will be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a selection of works in the genre of the contemporary African novel written in English from a cultural and a historical perspective
- demonstrate an ability to independently identify and formulate key issues in the works studied
- demonstrate an ability to clearly and persuasively argue for a variety of literary interpretations in correct and advanced English, orally and in writing.
Course ContentThe course consists of a study of a selection of African novels, written in English, in a cultural and historical context. The texts will be read from the viewpoint of the aesthetic, cultural, and political concerns that have motivated African authors.
AssessmentThe students are assessed through seminar activities, hand-in assignments and an essay. Assignments which are turned in after the stated deadline cannot receive the grade of Pass with Distinction unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Forms of StudyThe course consists of obligatory seminars, in which students are expected to participate actively. In order to facilitate the response and development of the students’ analytic skills, the different theories studied will be applied to a limited range of texts through short hand-in assignments. All teaching is conducted in English.
GradesThe Swedish grades U - VG
- 90 ECTS-credits of English, including 30 ECTS-credits at Undergraduate Level 2.
Kompendium/Compendium with critical articles (150 s/p).
- Achebe, C. (2001) Things Fall Apart. London: Penguin. (151 s).
- Aidoo, A. (1997) Our Sister Killjoy. London: Longman. (134 s).
- Booker, K. (1998) The African Novel in English. London: Heinemann. (240 s).
- Dangarembga, T. (2004) Nervous Conditions. Banbury: Ayebia Clarke. (224 s).
- Gordimer, N. (2000) Burger‘s Daughter. London: Bloomsbury. (368 s).
- Ngugi wa Thiong‘o ; transl. from the Gikuyu by the author. (1982) Devil on the cross. London : Heinemann. (254 s). ISBN 0-435-90200-8
- Nuruddin, F. (2006) From a Crooked Rib. London: Penguin. (176 s).
- Attridge, Derek and Jolly, Rosemary eds.. (1998) Writing South Africa: Literature, Apartheid and Democracy, 1970-1995. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
- Chinweizu, Onsucheka J., Madubuike, Ihechukwu.. (1983) Toward the Decolonization of African Literature. Washington DC: Howard UP.
- Gerard, A. (1990) Contexts Of African Literature. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
- Goonetilleke, D.C. (2001) Perspectives on Post-Colonial Literature. London: Skoob.
- Karp, I., Masolo, D.A. eds. (2000) African Philosophy As Cultural Inquiry. Indiana UP.
- Moss, J., Valestuk, L. (2000) African Literature and its Times. Detroit: Gale.
- Myrsiades, K., McGuire, J. (1995) Order and Partialities: Theory, Pedagogy, and the “Postcolonial“. Albany: State University of New York Press.
- Obiechina, E, N. (1990) Language and Theme: Essays on African Literature. Washington DC: Howard UP.
- Parekh, P N., Jagne, S F. (1998) Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.
- Stratton, F. (1994) Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender. London: Routledge.
- Veit-Wild, F., Naguschewski, D. (2005) Body, Sexuality, and Gender. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
- Williams, P., Chrisman. L. (1994) Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory. New York: Harvester. (150 s).