African Storytelling

GENINT 721.601

Osher (50+). In this course, we read selected short stories, as well as excerpts from an epic poem and play.

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African literature includes slave narratives, protests against colonization, calls for independence, as well as narratives about African cultural pride and hope for the future. In this course, we read literary works that reflect an array of African literary expression, including short stories by Chinua Achebe, the Father of African Literature (Nigeria); Nadine Gordimer (South Africa); Bessie Head (South Africa); Charles Mungoshi (Zimbabwe); and Nugugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya). We also read selections from the late thirteenth to the early fourteenth century Mali epic of Son-Jara and Nobel-Prize-winner Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, a play that reveals the continuity of African culture in spite of British colonialism.

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