THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH SUMMER ENGS 61: African Drama and Film

Course Description: Through a study of African literature and films, this course will introduce students to various aspects of life in pre-colonial and post-colonial African societies. The course will particularly focus on African writers’ and film makers’ handling of issues like history, colonialism, nationalism, post-independence politics, gender, class, and identity politics.

COURSE OUTLINE: Introduction: Representations of Africa and Blackness in Western Discursive Formations( Handout)

1. Drama / Film and Pre-colonial Experience in Africa Keita( Film) 2. Drama /Film and Colonial Experience in Africa Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman Athol Fugard’s Siswe Banzi is Dead ( Film) Athol Fugard’s ‘Master Harold’…And the Boys( Film)

Ingrid Sinclair’s Flame (Film)

3. Movement of Transition in African Drama

Neria ( Film)

Ama Ata Aidoo’s The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa

4. Drama and Post-independence Disillusionment in Africa

Smbene Ousmane, Xala( Film) Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Ngugi wa Miiri’s I Will Marry when I Want Everyone’s Child ( Film)

Hotel Rwanda(Film)

FURTHER READING: Jeyfo, A. (ed). Modern African Drama Kerr,D. African Popular Theatre. Portsmouth N.H.: Heinemann. Losambe, L.and Devi Sarenjeive (eds.). Pre-colonial and Post-colonial Drama and Theatre in Africa. New York: Africa World Press. Tcheuyap, Alexis. Postnationalist African Cinemas

ASSESSMENT: Class participation: 20% Two written assignments of about eight pages on assigned topics: 40% Exam: An essay of about 6 pages on any play or a cluster of films by an African playwright Or filmmaker: 40%

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Lokangaka Losambe Office Hours: Monday: 1:00-3:00 pm Wednesday: 1:00- 4: 00 pm Office: Old Mill Building 434 E-mail: Lokangaka.Losambe@uvm.edu

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