Literature in a Changing World 2

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Doel vak

After completing this course, students are able to:
• close-read texts coming from a variety of (continental as well as
diasporic) African backgrounds and various historical time periods.
• draw on academic theories that are relevant for an understanding of
the short story and novella genre; the workings of anthologies; online
writing space; issues such as canon formation; etc.
• apply theoretical concepts such as subject-position,
intersectionality, and agency to the texts studied.
• comparatively analyze texts coming from different national and
cultural contexts.
• share their own reflections, both personal and academic, on assigned
readings with fellow participants.
• freely express their ideas in both written work and oral
• engage in class discussions in a diversity-sensitive manner and are
(more) aware of socio-political issues that play a role in culturally
diverse classroom settings.

Inhoud vak

This course offers the opportunity to become acquainted (again) with
1. two genres that have been overlooked in (western) academia for a long
time: short stories, novellas.
2. a collection of texts that have only recently become more widely
popular in the west: African short stories in English.

The stories assigned for reading will be grouped according to topics
and/or origin. However, we will also look at issues such as
• context: anthologies, canon formation, literary awards, translation,
reception, theories of (post)colonial writing, world literature, etc.
• narrative structure, style, genre, focalization, etc.
In conjunction with the short stories we will also read secondary texts.


Seminar: 2 x 3 hours per week; possibly guest speakers from the literary
field; possibly excursion (museum, lecture at a cultural institute, film


30%: Participation (10% class participation; 20% student-led
discussion). Detailed instructions will be on Canvas before the course

30%: Written assignments (personal journal entries). Detailed
instructions will be on Canvas before the course starts.

40%: Take-home exam. Detailed instructions will be on Canvas before the
course starts. Students will work with sample questions in week 3 and
week 7.

Vereiste voorkennis

Prerequisites: Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature,
Culture, and Society” and “Literary Theory.”


The reading list (novellas, short stories, secondary sources) will be
uploaded on Canvas before the course starts.


BA students in the English track of Literature & Society; exchange

Overige informatie

Attendance required: 80%. Students who miss more than 20% will not
receive credits for the course.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_ELBALES305
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. B. Boter
Examinator dr. B. Boter
Docenten dr. B. Boter

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