SOAS University of London

Africa Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Swahili 2b - introduction to Swahili literature

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2018/2019
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year


Successful completion of Swahili I

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, 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.


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 module.  NOTE: This module will be taken parallel with, or following, Swahili II(A) Intermediate.

Method of assessment

One 2500-word essay, submitted on day 5, week 1, term 2 (30%); one 2500-word essay submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%), a 10-minute oral class presentation (15%) a 20-minute oral presentation (25%).

Suggested reading

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


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