ID: New Short Fiction from Africa
About this course:
African identities are too often defined for Africans and not by Africans. The call for the anthology ID: New Short Fiction from Africa asked writers from the continent and the diaspora for innovative short fiction that explores identity – especially the themes of gender identity and sexuality – and looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, into the truest definitions of ourselves. This powerful collection showcases the multiple ways in which African writers see themselves and their communities; and the depth, variety, and innovation of their interpretations. From Benin to Ethiopia, from Morocco to South Africa, the stories reveal uncomfortable and fascinating truths about who we are. In a world of rising nationalism and factionalism, of increasingly crude and reductive notions of identity, these stories insist on the complexity, intimacy and interconnectedness of African identities. All course readings (20 short stories) are included in ID: New Short Fiction from Africa, edited by Nebila Abdulmelik, Otiene Owino, and Helen Moffett from Short Story Day Africa.