Reading and Assignment Schedule

Introduction

Week 1.

Aug 26:  Introductions

Aug 29:  Binyavanga Wainaina, “How to Write About Africa” http://www.granta.com/Archive/92/How-to-Write-about-Africa/Page-1

View in class: Chimamanda Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”

Learning and Unlearning Colonialism

Week 2.

Sep 2:   Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Chapters 1-13)

Deadline for students to sign up for Word Press account

Sep 4:  Group A, Blog 1 due by 11:30pm

Sep 5:   Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Chapters 13-end)

Group B, Response 1 due by class

Week 3.

Sep 9:    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (Chapters 1-5)

Sep 11:   Group B, Blog 1 due by 11:30pm

Sep 12:   Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (Chapters 6-end)

Group A, Response 1 due by class

Decolonization and Independence

Week 4.

Sep 16:   View on your own: Raoul Peck’s film Lumumba (2002),

Available on DVD at the library, also streams on HuluPlus. (Note that there is another film by Peck called Lumumba, Death of a Prophet from 1992. These are not the same film).

Selections from Ludo De Witte’s The Assassination of Lumumba

Available on the course website under “Assigned Readings”

(see top of syllabus for password)

Sep 18:  Group A, Blog 2 due at 11:30pm

Sep 19:  Group B, Response 2 due anytime. Class Does Not Meet.

Week 5.          

Sep 23:  Dinaw Mengestu, All Our Names (Pgs 1-124)

First paragraph and thesis statement of paper 1 due

Sep 25:   Group B, Blog 2 due at 11:30pm

Sep 26:   Mengestu, All Our Names (Pgs 125-end)

Group A, Response 2 due by class

Week 6.           

Sep 30:  First 2-pages of paper 1 due, Mid-term Review

Oct 3:  In-class Mid-term

Week 7.

Oct 6:  Dinaw Mengestu speaks on campus at 8pm

Oct 7:   In-class Writing Workshops, Bring in full draft of paper 1

Oct 9:   Paper 1 Due

Oct 10:   No Class. Fall Break!

Un-Civil War

Week 8.

Oct 14:  Aminatta Forna, Memory of Love (pgs. 1-143/Chapters 1-18)

Oct 16:  Group A, Blog 3 due at 11:30pm

Oct 17:   Forna, Memory of Love (pgs. 144-301/ Chapters 19-36)

Group B, Response 3 due by class

Week 9.

Oct 21:  Forna, Memory of Love, (pgs. 302-end/ Chapters 37-56)

Oct 23:  Group B, Blog 3 due at 11:30pm

Oct 24:  Achille Mbembe and Janet Roitman, “Figure of the Subject in the Time of Crisis”

In class: view clips from Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars

Group A, Response 3 due by class

Structural Maladjustment

Week 10.

Oct 28:  Patrice Nganang, Dog Days, Part 1 “First Barks”

Oct 30:  Group A, Blog 4 due at 11:30pm

Oct 31:   Nganang, Dog Days, Part 2 “The Turbulent Streets”

Group B, Response 4 due by class

Love, Loss, and AIDS

Week 11.

Nov 4:  View on your own: Darrell Roodt’s Yesterday (2004)

Available on DVD at the library, also streams on HBO Go

In class: view clips from Forgotten Kingdom

Nov 6:  Group B, Blog 4 due at 11:30 pm

Nov 7:  Phaswane Mpe, Welcome to Our Hillbrow (all)

Group A, Response 4 due by class

African Homophobia

Week 12.

Nov 11:  Jude Dibia, selections from Walking With Shadows

Patrick Ireland, “A Macro-Level Analysis of the Scope, Causes, and Consequences of Homophobia in Africa”

Nov 13:  Author Jude Dibia speaks on campus at 5:00pm

Group A, Blog 5 due at 11:30pm

Nov 14:  Jude Dibia visits class

More selections from Walking With Shadows

Love and (Be)Longing

Week 13.           

Nov 18:  Adichie, “Imitation,” “A Private Experience,” “Ghosts” (In The Thing Around Your Neck)

Nov 20:  Group B, Blog 5 due at 11:30pm

 Nov 21:  Adichie, “On Monday of Last Week” “Jumping Monkey Hill,” “The Thing Around Your Neck” (In The Thing Around Your Neck)

Thesis statement and first paragraph due for Paper 2

Group A, Response 5 due by class

Week 14.            

Nov 25:   Adichie, “The Shivering,” “The Headstrong Historian” (In TTAYN)

Tsitsi Jaji, “Can Your Hear Africa Roar? StoryTime and the Digital Publishing Innovations of Ivor Hartmann and Emmanel Sigauke”

Nov 28:  Thanksgiving. Eat turkey (or Tofurkey if that’s your thing).

African Writing and the Internet

Week 15.           

Dec 2:  Find your own African short story on the Internet

Blog a brief review of the story (4-5 sentences) and post link to story

Dec 5:  Final Exam Review

First 2 Pages of Final Paper Due

Week 16:

Dec 9:   Final Exam: 11:45- 1:00 pm

Dec 11:  Final Papers Due: 1 pm