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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Swahili 2b - introduction to Swahili literature

Course Code:
155900987
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Successful completion of Swahili I

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students should be able to read and analyse Swahili plays and poems and will have also done this for at least one novel. They should also be able to read and critically analyse Swahili short stories.

Workload

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

Scope and syllabus

Discusses and situates the basic genres of Swahili literature, commencing with a general survey of its development in the 20th century. Each genre will then be discussed within its context, and its main features analysed: in particular, themes and characterisation in the plays and novels, and metre and melody in poetry. The didactic nature of some stories/tales will also be noted. Variety of language use will be studied throughout the course.  NOTE: This course will be taken parallel with, or following, Swahili II(A) Intermediate.

Method of assessment

One 2500-word essay, submitted on the day of the lecture week 1, term 2 (30%); one 2500-word essay submitted on the day of the lecture, week 1, term 3 (25%), one 20-minute oral presentation in term 2 (15%); one x 1 hour written test (reading comprehension, translation, active expression of ideas about Swahili literature in Swahili) (30%).

Suggested reading

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