Professor Emerita Annie Gagiano, Stellenbosch University

This course offers a quick-paced guided tour through writing from many parts of the African continent in books that are available in English. The two lectures are grouped according to authorial gender and the texts will be discussed in their chronological order of publication. The lectures will show the range of topics, styles and types of text that have emerged from Africa and reached international reading markets. The purpose of this brief course is, secondly, to indicate something of the urgent issues and life changing events that have provoked the continent’s fiction writers and thirdly, to demonstrate something of how earlier texts provide both historical and imaginative contexts for the work that came later.



1. The not-too-recent to the recent past: from Chinua Achebe to Jamala Safari

2.  Approaching the present: from Lauretta Ngcobo to Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor  


Recommended reading

Cooper, B. 2008. A New Generation of African Writers. Scottsville: UKZN Press and Woodbridge: James Currey.

Gagiano, A. 2014. Dealing with Evils: Essays on African Writing. Second ed. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag and Columbia UP.


A full list of all twenty books to be covered in this course is available here.



Date: 17–18 January 
Time: 5.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R220,00  Staff & Students R110,00
Venue: LT2 Kramer Law Building UCT