OSL Seminar – Perspectives on African Literature

Organisation: Dr Astrid Van Weyenberg, Dr Ksenia Robbe and Dr Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues (Leiden University), OSL Office
Location: Leiden University, room Van Wijkplaats 2/002 (on 23/11: Eyckhof 003)
Dates: 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 23 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec (from 1-4 pm)
Open to: PhD Candidates and RMA students; OSL members will have first access
Format: Three-hour seminars
Exams: Three short papers of 1500 words each, engaging with the readings and discussion of the two preceding weeks
Credits: 5 EC
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Although political, sociological, ethnographical or anthropological perspectives from, on and about Africa are frequently examined and discussed, African artistic domains remain relatively underexposed in the Netherlands. This is remarkable, especially when taking into account that African artistic practices are booming – both at home and around the world. In this seminar we will investigate a range of African literary texts. We will organize our discussions around three thematic clusters: 1) memory and identity; 2) travel and encounter; and 3) translation and adaptation. The seminar is not meant to represent Africa as a continent as such, but aims to study African literary production from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of different academics active in the field of African literature.

Reading material

Couto, Mia. Sleepwalking Land. Trans. David Brookshaw. London: Serpent’s Tail, 2006.
All other reading material will be made available.

Assignments

Students write three short papers of 1500 words each, engaging with the readings and discussion of the two preceding sessions. The purpose of the paper is to test students’ capacity to comprehend and reflect critically both on the reading material and on the seminar discussions. Students should either have one central research question that they attempt to answer or one central thesis statement that they set out to substantiate.

Students need to write their papers in English and submit them via e-mail to the respective organizer (with a CC to the OSL office). Formally, the papers need to follow in all respects the current MLA guidelines (re. footnotes, bibliography, citation, format) and they should contain the student’s name and student number on top. Papers will be checked for plagiarism. In order to receive the credits for this seminar, students need a minimum grade of 5,5 for each paper.

PART 1: Memory & Identity (organized by Ksenia Robbe)

• 1 (26/10): Dr. Ksenia Robbe

• 2 (2/11): Dr. Hanneke Stuit, University of Amsterdam

 Deadline #1: 9/11 midnight

PART 2: Travel & Encounter (organized by Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues)

• 3 (16/11): Dr. Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues

• 4 (23/11): Dr. Sara Brandellero, Leiden University

 Deadline #2: 1/12 midnight

PART 3: Translation & Adaptation (organized by Astrid Van Weyenberg)

• 5 (7/12): Dr. Sola Adeyemi, Goldsmiths University

• 6 (14/12): Dr. Paulina Aroch Fugelie, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City

 Deadline #3: 21/12 midnight

Other information

NB: With queries about the seminars, please consult with the organizer of the respective parts:

Dr Ksenia Robbe (k.robbe[at]hum.leidenuniv.nl)
Dr Kamila Krakowska Rodrigues (k.k.krakowska.rodrigues[at]hum.leidenuniv.nl)
Dr Astrid Van Weyenberg (a.l.b.van.weyenberg[at]hum.leidenuniv.nl)
The OSL office: OSL-fgw[at]uva.nl