African encounters: Modern classics from East, West and South Africa

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

We will read a selection of African novels from the 20th century, exploring the variety of anglophone, francophone and afrikaans African literatures from Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Southern Africa, which include both acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces and one freshly-translated fiction.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

We will read a selection of African novels from the 20th century, exploring the variety of anglophone, francophone and afrikaans African literatures from Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Southern Africa, which include both acknowledged classics, neglected masterpieces and one freshly-translated fiction.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Titles (in order of discussion):
No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba (Senegal)
Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi (Nigeria)
When Rainclouds Gather and Maru : two short novels by Bessie Head (Botswana)
A Grain Of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Kenya)
The Expedition To The Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenstrom (South Africa).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Analyse the texts with greater confidence.
- Create for yourself a framework for the texts you read.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

- You will need to be enthusiastic about reading and sharing ideas
- You will need to do the reading and make responsive notes
- You will need to respond to a range of ideas and materials in class
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How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught with some mini-introductory lectures, as well as group discussion. You will need to read the books or excerpts in advance of the class and bring some ideas for discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please buy or borrow the following titles:
No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba (Senegal)
Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi (Nigeria)
When Rainclouds Gather and Maru : two short novels by Bessie Head (Botswana)
A Grain Of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Kenya)
The Expedition To The Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenstrom (South Africa).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture & writing/literature/fiction.

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Tutor Biographies
Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein is a literature lecturer at City Lit and until recently, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. His first collection of stories, Mirror to the Sun, was published in 1993. He has since authored five collections of short fiction, most recently Insomnia (2007) and 37 Bridges (2014), and two novels, Another Gulmohar Tree (2009) and The Cloud Messenger (2011), both nominated for prizes. Hussein travels frequently to Pakistan and also writes in Urdu. He is a senior editor of the journal Critical Muslim, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

This course has now started

Course Code: HLT160

Started Wed, day, 13 Jan - 24 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

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