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NEW322H: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN NOVEL WINTER 2018 Melissa Levin [email protected] Lecture Time: Wednesday 12-2PM Location: WI524 Office Hours: Wednesday 11AM-12PM, Thursday 1PM-2PM or by appointment NEW322Y: Contemporary African Novel is a study of the imaginative literature of some of the major regions of Africa written over past six decades. It examines the ways in which African writers have depicted the impacts of colonialism on their societies, and their representations of the tensions and cultural ambiguities engendered by societal transformations in the post-colonial era. A selection of literary studies will be used to examine the historical and intellectual contexts of the recurrent and divergent forms of representation of African experience of the modern world in the works of selected writers. Exclusion : ENG278Y: Introduction to African Literature in English Readings : There are two types of reading material for the course: (1) novels and (2) required supplementary readings. Students will be expected to have completed reading the novel and/or required essays/chapters outlined in the syllabus below assigned for a particular session before the session. All the supplementary readings are available on the course blackboard site. All novels, except for Bound to Violence are widely available at most bookstores (including on-line). A Different Booklist, 777 Bathurst Street (just south of Bloor on the west side) has a stock of books for us. Bound to Violence (and the other 4 novels) are available through our library. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart , Heinemann (any edition fine) Buchi Emecheta, Joys of Motherhood , Heinemann (any edition fine) Yambo Ouologuem, Bound To Violence , Heinemann (any edition fine) Tsitsi Dangaremba, Nervous Conditions , Women’s Press Classic, 2001 (or any edition) Yvonne Vera, Butterfly Burning. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998 Evaluation : Seminar Presentation and Report 15% Participation 10% Critical Review 20% (Due February 7) Essay 30% (Due March 14) In Class Term Test 25% (April 4)
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Penalty for Late Submission of Essays : 4% for each day (including weekends) after due date up to one week after the due date. Essays will not be accepted beyond a week after the due date and will be given a grade of zero.
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