Topics in Sub-Saharan Africa - Peoples and Cultures: Global Africa

This course explores the uneven effects of globalization in Africa by looking at a range of influential literary texts and films in relation to theories of globalization and the interrelated issue of modernity.  There are two underlying questions: 1) Has the expansion of global capital created prosperity for people in Africa?  For whom?  2) To what extent have people in Africa participated in shaping perceptions of what we mean by globalization?  Who participates?  Who has access?  Can we hear these voices?  Against this general backdrop, we will consider a set of written and visual texts and the specific scenarios they represent including: migration, transitional democracies in the post Cold War era, regional violence (civil wars, child soldiers, genocide), interpersonal violence motivated by race, religion, gendered identity.     

Reading list:
Frederick Cooper, Africa Since 1940 The Past of the Present.  Cambridge UP, 2002.
Chris Abani, Graceland Picador Books, 2005.
Nuruddin Farah, Knots. Penguin Classics, 2007.
Nadine Gordimer, Life Times: Stories 1952-2007 Penguin, 2011.
Ahmadou Kourouma, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote.  Random House, 2004. 
French option: En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages, Points/Seuil, 2000.
Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Wizard of the Crow.  Anchor, 2007.
Boris Boubacar Diop, Murambi.  The Book of Bones.  Indiana, 2006.
French option: Murambi, le livre des ossements. ZULMA, 2011.
Emmanuel Dongala, Johnny Mad Dog.  Picador, 2006. 
French option: Johnny Chien méchant, Serpent à Plumes, 2004.
 
Films:
Djibril Diop Mambety, Touki Bouki (1973) and Hyenas (1992)
Abderrahmane Sissako, Bamako (2006) and Waiting for Happiness (2002)
Newton Aduaka, Ezra (2007)
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Un homme qui crie (2010)
Gini Reticker, Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008)
Robert Nugent, End of the Rainbow (2007)

Class Number: 

FREN 557

Grading: 

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E.

Pre requisite(s): 

Graduate standing or recommendation of instructor.

May Be Repeated: 

May be repeated with different topic for a maximum of 6 unit(s) or 2 completion(s).

Units: 

3

Level: 

Graduate