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  1. Term 1 Week 1 0 items
    This is an introductory lecture and orientation to the course. Prior reading is not required for this lecture only.
  2. Term 1 Week 2 - Challenging Stereotypes and assumptions 4 items
    1. Compulsory Reading 2 items
    2. Further Reading 2 items
  3. Term 1 Week 3 - Storytelling and oral traditions 5 items
    1. General reading 5 items
      Please listen to the Radio programme on the Module Link on your canvas site
      1. Oral and Written Poetry in African Literature Today - Eldred Durosimi Jones, Eustace Palmer, Marjorie Jones 1989

        Book 

      2. Oral Literature in Africa - Ruth Finnegan 1977

        Book 

      3. Oral Poetry from Africa: An Anthology - Jack Mapanje, Landeg White 1983

        Book 

  4. Term 1 Week 4 - Spoken word, poetry and performance 3 items
    1. General reading 3 items
      1. Fairytales for Lost Children - Diriye Osman, Diriye Osman 2012

        Book 

      2. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth - Warsan Shire 2011

        Book 

  5. Term 1 Week 5 Discussion lecture 0 items
    We expect you to read the compulsory reading for the course so far and start to do some further reading and keep your course journal up to date.
  6. READING WEEK: READ FOR ASSIGNMENT 1 4 items
    1. Agents of the State - Mike Nicol 2017

      Book 

    2. SOMETHING DARK - LEMN SISSAY

      Book  THIS IS A KEY TEXT FOR ESSAYS

    3. The thing around your neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

      Book 

    4. Crossbones - Nuruddin Farah, Mirron Willis 2016

      Book 

  7. Term 1 Week 6 - Contemporary Theatre - trends and ambitions 0 items
    1. Compulsory Reading 0 items
    2. Further reading 0 items
  8. Term 1 Week 7 - African Writing and the Question of Language 0 items
  9. Term 2 Week 1 - 'Traditional' African music 16 items
    1. Compulsory reading 3 items
      1. Yoruba Dundun Talking Drum Ensemble 26/10/2010

        Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Brikama Griots 10/9/2008

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Further reading 13 items
      1. Yoruba drumming: the Dùndún tradition - Akin Euba 1990

        Book Background

      2. African polyphony and polyrhythm - Simha Arom, Martin Thom, Barbara Tuckett, Raymond Boyd 1991

        Book Background

      3. South African music: a century of traditions in transformation - Carol Ann Muller 2004

        Book Background

      4. African rhythm: a Northern Ewe perspective - V. Kofi Agawu 1995

        Book Recommended

      5. The African imagination in music - V. Kofi Agawu 2016

        Book Recommended

  10. Term 2 week 2 - Music and protest: the struggles against apartheid in South Africa 6 items
    1. Compulsory reading and listening 3 items
      1. Umoja - Meadowlands 9/4/2010

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Further reading and listening 3 items
      1. Composing apartheid: music for and against apartheid - Grant Olwage 2008

        Book Recommended

  11. Term 2 Week 3 - From highlife to hiplife - popular music in Ghana 12 items
    1. Compulsory reading and listening 4 items
    2. Further reading 8 items
      1. The hiplife in Ghana: the West African indigenization of hip-hop - Halifu Osumare 2012

        Book Recommended

      2. Living the hiplife: celebrity and entrepreneurship in Ghanaian popular music - Jesse Weaver Shipley 2013

        Book Recommended

      3. Hip hop Africa: new African music in a globalizing world - Eric S. Charry 2012

        Book Recommended

      4. East African hip hop: youth culture and globalization - Mwenda Ntarangwi 2009

        Book Recommended

      5. Street dreams and hip hop barbershops: global fantasy in urban Tanzania - Brad Weiss 2009

        Book Recommended

  12. Term 2 Week 4 - Dance: embodying African arts 4 items
    1. Compulsory reading 2 items
      1. Gelede Dance of the Western Yoruba - Margaret Thompson Drewal, Henry John Drewal 24/1975

        Article Essential

    2. Further reading and viewing 2 items
  13. Term 2 Week 5 - Discussion 1 item
    1. There are no new readings for this week. Instead, make sure you have read all the compulsory readings from previous weeks, and use these to answer the questions allocated to your group. The groups and questions will be listed on Canvas. 

  14. Term 2 Week 7: African visual arts 6 items
    1. Compulsory reading 2 items
      1. Yinka Shonibare in conversation - Anthony Downey 03/2004

        Article Recommended

    2. Further reading 4 items
      1. Contemporary African art since 1980 - Okwui Enwezor, Chika Okeke-Agulu 2009

        Book Recommended

      2. Art history in Africa: an introduction to method - Jan Vansina 1984

        Book Recommended

  15. Term 2 Week 8: African cinema 9 items
    1. Compulsory reading 2 items
      1. History in Ousmane Sembene's Guelwaar and Ceddo - A. Amkpa, G. SenGupta 01/09/2010

        Article Essential

    2. Further reading 7 items
      1. Xala - Ousmane Sembène, Ousmane Sembène 200- (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended

      2. African film: new forms of aesthetics and politics - Manthia Diawara, Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2010

        Book Recommended

      3. African Cinema: politics and culture - Manthia Diawara 1992

        Book Recommended

      4. African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History - Garritano, Carmela 2013

        Article Recommended

      5. Talking About Writing About Africa. - WATSON, SASHA ;

        Book Background

  16. Term 2 Week 9: Nollywood 9 items
    1. Compulsory reading and viewing 4 items
      1. Charting Nollywood's appeal locally and globally - Moradewun Adejunmobi

        Article Essential

      2. LIVING IN BONDAGE 29/4/2013

        Audio-visual document Essential This is one of the earliest Nollywood films. Just watch ten minutes to get a feel for it.

      3. Agogo Eewo - Tunde Kelani 29/11/2015

        Audio-visual document Essential This is a more recent Yoruba-language Nollywood film. Watch the trailer to get a feel for it.

      4. Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo) 23/10/2015

        Audio-visual document Essential This is an example of a more recent Nollywood movie. Watch this trailer to get an idea of how production values have changed since the early movies such as Living in Bondage.

    2. Further reading and viewing 5 items
      1. Nollywood and its Diaspora: An Introduction - Matthias Krings, Onookome Okome

        Chapter Recommended

      2. A Trip to Jamaica 7/10/2016

        Audio-visual document Background A recent, highly popular Nollywood movie

      3. Jenifa 29/3/2016

        Audio-visual document Background This was the Yoruba movie that created the hugely popular comic character Jenifa, a naive village girl in the city, now the subject of a whole series of movies.

      4. Osuofia in London (trailer) 16/6/2009

        Audio-visual document Background The misadventures of naive village man Osuofia in London became a classic comedy movie about Nigerians travelling abroad

  17. Term 2 Week 10: African photography: focus on Malick Sidibe and Zanele Muholi 12 items
    1. Compulsory reading 3 items
      1. Malick Sidibé | Icontent | Douglas Sloan Director 20/1/2009

        Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Further reading 9 items
      1. Faces and phases - Zanele Muholi 2010

        Book Recommended

      2. Zanele Muholi's Affective Appeal to Act - Natasha Bissonauth 01/11/2014

        Article Recommended

      3. INTIMACY, QUEERNESS, RACE - Zethu Matebeni 05/2013

        Article Recommended

      4. An Interview with Zanele Muholi - Íde Corley 02/01/2016

        Article Background

  18. Term 2 Week 11: Discussion: Decolonising the study of African cultures 4 items
    1. Please complete the three compulsory readings for this week, and use these, your knowledge from throughout the course, and your own ideas and opinions to answer the discussion questions for this week. The discussion questions will be posted on Canvas. 

    2. Compulsory reading 3 items
      1. Whose Culture is it, Anyway? - Kwame Anthony Appiah

        Chapter Essential

  19. SOMETHING DARK - LEMN SISSAY

    Book Essential

  20. The thing around your neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Book Essential