More Short Fiction from Africa
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Osher (50+). This course reviews the latest anthology from Short Story Day Africa, Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa (2017). The anthology’s 21 short pieces use creative and evocative approaches to explore the topic of migrations from the past and present.
What you can learn.
- Define African migration and its history
- Understand the relationship between migration in the past and today
- Read African literature critically
- Discuss literature critically
About this course:
From our ancestors’ first forays through the continent to the contemporary diaspora, people have always moved in, out, and about the African continent, sharing stories, experiences, and myths. In this course we read the latest anthology from Short Story Day Africa, Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa (2017), edited by Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona, and Helen Moffett. The anthology’s 21 short pieces use creative and evocative approaches to explore the topic of migrations. Some stories look at the past, when slavery was on the continent; others look at the distant future, when migrations to a different world is the norm. Still others look at relocating to a different continent, whether as a student or a refugee. As the editors note, “In an era of disquieting xenophobia, these stories provide relief [and are] reminders that human history is the history of human movement, whether in search of a new world” outside oneself or of greater self-knowledge.