The works of African women writing in the post-colonial era provide an essential perspective on gender trouble in the #MeToo era. In this course we will read works by Bessie Head, Buchi Emecheta and Tsitsi Dangarembga.
GROUP LEADER: Dr. Lillian Corti obtained a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She taught at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; at Marien Ngouabi University, Brazzaville; and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her translation of the Congolese novel, Le Feu des Origines by Emmanuel Dongola was published by Lawrence Hill Books in 2001. She has published various articles on African literature.
REQUIRED BOOKS: Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions. Seal Press (Emeryville, CA: 2004). ISBN:# 978-1580051347
Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Braziller (New York: 1979). ISBN# 978-0807616239
Head, Bessie. The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales. Heinemann (Oxford, England: 1992). ISBN# 978-0435909819
OPTIONAL BOOK: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. ISBN# 978-0385474542
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