AAST 250: Comparative Black Literature

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This course is about literature, politics, and history in Africa spanning from the middle of the twentieth century to present. The goal of the course is for students, through a limited focus, to acquire a sense of the sweep of history in Africa over the past seventy-five years, and a sense of scope and power of African literature. This will be accomplished using texts written by authors from Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia, and Ghana, among others. This goal will be accomplished through critical readings of a diverse range of texts from authors Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Pepetela, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Chebe, Wole Soyinka, and many others.