Explore the broad cultural, social and political context of a continent’s writing
Course dates: Mondays 9, 16, 23, 30 September and 7, 14 October 18.00 – 20.00
This six-week course provides an introduction to African literature, placing the works of well-known contemporary African writers in dialogue with earlier writing from the continent. Exploring the work of writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Warsan Shire, this series of seminars examines literature from the different regions of Africa in an effort to engage with the broad cultural, social and political dimensions of the continent’s writing.
Texts include short stories, poetry, plays, essays and novels, ranging from speculative fiction/African futurism to crime writing. Examine a number of themes, including the lasting impact of colonial rule; the language of African literature; nationhood and identity; Africa and its diaspora; the politics of gender; the environment in African writing and spirituality in African contexts.
Encounter some of the British Library’s archives on African writing, which includes letters from Chinua Achebe, audio interviews with some of the continent’s most celebrated writers, and a wide selection of African texts.
Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Full Price: £295.00
Senior 60+: £265.00
Registered Unemployed: £250.00
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