This course examines literature in Africa from 1900 in relation to the historical and cultural experiences of the continent. Literary forms and trends from the four main distinctive regions (South, North, East and West) into which Africa is mapped will be studied based on a cross-section of works from different genres. We will read works by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Alex La Guma, Binyavanga Wainaina, Wole Soyinka, and Okot p’Bitek. By the end of the course, learners will be able to discuss the major themes of African Literature, articulate some the major debates of criticism and theory in the writing and appreciate its style, technique and major themes. Readings will be provided on StudIP. Additionally, students need to purchase and read:
- Binyavanga Wainaina (2012). One Day I will Write about this Place.
- Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988). Nervous Conditions.
Please note: This course is taught in person by Dr. Mbugua Mungai, visiting scholar from Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya).