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African popular literature from the postcolonial novel to contemporary comics, 7.5 credits

Introductory information for students admitted to Karlstad University.
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1. Create KauID
2. Register for your course

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Registration period: 2021-01-11 - 2021-01-18
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Welcome to the African popular literature course!

You are the first students to take this course, so I am very pleased to welcome you to it.

The course has three parts. The first part focuses on some “classic” postcolonial texts. If you want to prepare for the course in advance, it is a good idea to start by reading Ngugui wa Thiong'o’s novel Weep Not, Child! (1964). The next seminar will be on Aidoo’s and Soyinka’s plays. Part two of the course is about economic, societal and cultural transformations in the 1980s and 1990s, and the third and biggest part of the course will focus on contemporary popular literature in a wide sense: such as comics, online literature, slam poetry and other emergent forms. At that stage of the course, we will leave the reading list behind and you will find your own material to study, by searching for texts that have been published (often by the authors themselves) on blogs, reading platforms, apps and in social media. It is also my intention to invite scholars and publishers to meet with you through zoom, which will be the digital platform we will use for our seminars, but more about that when the course starts.

For each seminar there will be additional reading – theoretical or academic texts that contextualise or otherwise speak to the main text(s) – and these will be published online on Canvas, which you will get access to some time before the course starts.

See you soon!

Nicklas Hållén

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    Please note that the reading list may be revised until six weeks before the start of the course.


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    ADMINISTRATOR: Anette Höljö Polleryd  

    COURSE CONVENOR: Nicklas Hållén