African 412: Contemporary African Literature

John Nimis

Office: Van Hise 1466
Phone: (608) 263-2445

The literary world is increasingly dominated by writers from outside of Europe and the U.S., and Africa is home to many of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century so far. In this class, we will read a variety of novels by African writers, mostly published within the last five years, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leila Aboulela, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Taiye Selasi among others. This collection of contemporary fiction will expose students to innovative, complex ideas and perspectives on the most pressing issues of the day to Africa and to the world. The course will be in seminar format, with regular readings of primary texts and some secondary texts, accompanied by in-class discussions and writing exercises. Grades will be based on participation in class discussions, and on various writing assignments, both in-class and take-home. There will be midterm and final papers in lieu of examinations.