ENGL360 - African, Indian, and Caribbean Writers: Contemporary African Fiction by Women

In this course we will look at key texts in contemporary African women’s literature, trying to see how narratives change in relation to historical, political, social, as well as literary contexts. Because our focus is on fiction written, or translated into, English, we examine the long shadow that colonialism continues to shed on conceptions of African literature. We go beyond colonialism’s influence to ask how women writers have responded to ongoing changes in Africa and the world, especially in relation to their male forerunners and peers. Writers we engage will include Mariama Bâ, Ama Ata Aidoo, Leila Aboulela, Yvonne Vera, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Course requirements include 4-5 short responses (1-2 pages), frequent quizzes, a mid-term, a seminar paper (8-10 pages), and a final exam.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.