Professor Uzoma Esonwanne
Brief Description of Course: African Literature includes well-known classics such as Things Fall Apart. Beyond such classics, however, lies a rich archive of oral, literary, and digital works. In this course, we will critically sample works drawn from this archive to see how, over time, art has contributed to African self-understanding and understanding of the wider world.
Required Reading: Egyptian Love Poems; Ewe Dirge; Mande Epithalamion; Southern African Praise Poetry; Augustine's Confessions; Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1958); Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman; Adichie's Purple Hibiscus; Bâ, So Long a Letter; Salih's Season of Migration to the North; Carmen Gei; "Best of Success".
First Four Readings: Egyptian Love Poems; Augustine's Confessions; Ewe Dirge; Salih's Season of Migration.
Method of Instruction: Lectures and discussions.
Method of Evaluation: Participation 10%; Two Short Essays (4-5 pages each) 40%; Research Essay (7-8 pages max.) 50%