Modern African Literature from a Historical Perspective is a collaborative online international course jointly offered with the English Department at the University of Botswana. This gives students the unique opportunity to attend classes taught by faculty members from both Dalarna University and the University of Botswana, and to study with students attending programmes at the English and African Literature Departments at Botswana.
The course treats literature from African countries, written in or translated into English, and spanning oral African literature and the earliest works of written literature at the turn of the previous century up to African independence. The works will be read from the viewpoint of the historical, aesthetic, cultural and political concerns that have motivated African authors.Themes that will be explored include the oral roots of modern African literature; transitions from oral to written literature; older traditions of written African literature; African identity construction; colonialism and resistance; independence and post-independence.
NB! You are expected to have done your reading in full before the seminars and participate actively in class. In this way we can have a lively and informed discussion on the works assigned. The course is examined through continuous assessment of seminar participation and a number of written assignments. Seminar attendance is compulsory. For reasons of connectivity, Skype is used rather than Adobe Connect. This also limits the number of participants to 10.
If you have any questions, please contact Katherina Dodou, firstname.lastname@example.org