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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Narrative and poetic strategies in contemporary African literature

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
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Taught in:
Full Year
The course aims to provide students with insights into the relationship between critical theory and the narrative and expressive forms in contemporary African literature. It investigates these issues within the cultural and ideological frameworks which shape the production of narrative and poetry. It explores a variety of narratives and poetry and examines the critical techniques available for their study.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course the student will have read major texts in literary theory and have acquired the competence to debate and evaluate various kinds of literary theory as they relate to selected African texts of both fiction and poetry.


Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); one essay to be submitted on day 3, final week, term 1 (15%); one essay to be submitted on day 3, final week, term 2 (15%).

Suggested reading

The reading list for this course will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the course.