Introduction to World Literature

L224 — Spring 2022

Byron Santangelo
Days and Times
11:30a - 12:45p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Africa is Not a Country

This course introduces students to the diversity and richness of African literature from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and the U.S. We'll disrupt stereotypical stories about Africa, reading fiction and drama by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ama Ata Aidoo, Chimamanda Adichie, Doreen Baingana, Dinaw Mengestu, and Teju Cole. How do these authors interrogate ideas and assumptions about Africa and its relationships with the rest of the world (especially the U.S.)? How do their voices offer ways of perceiving ourselves and the world anew? Our discussions will include the influence and significance of African oral traditions, religions, and philosophies.