Modern African Literature: contexts of formation
MODERN AFRICAN LITERATURE: CONTEXTS OF FORMATION
Associate Professor Christopher Ouma, Department of English Literary Studies, University of Cape Town
This course seeks to revisit some early works of selected writers from East and West Africa in order to engage with how they grappled with the moments of transition to political independence, as well as what was described as the period of ‘disillusionment’ with the gains of political independence. These moments of transition were marked by the rise of the novel as a genre of expression, the ambivalence of the category of the nation as a platform of collective identity as well as the rise of gender as a critical analytical category in the discipline of African literature.
1. ‘But bare grain, it may chance of wheat’: Ngu˜g˜ wa Thiong’o
2. ‘Great expectations and the mourning after’: Ayi Kwei Armah
3. The ‘joys’ of motherhood: Buchi Emecheta
Armah, A.K. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Any edition.
Emecheta, B. The Joys of Motherhood. Any edition.
Wa Thiong’o. N. A Grain of Wheat. Any edition.