Teaching the African Novel

Teaching the African Novel

by Guarav Desai (Editor)



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603290371
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Series: Options for Teaching Series , #24
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Guarav Desai is chair of the Department of English at Tulane University and has served as codirector of its African and African Diaspora Studies Program. He is the author of Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library (2001) and has coedited Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory (2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural Critique, Genders, Research in African Literatures, and Representations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching the African Novel
Gaurav Desai

Part I: Theories and Methods
African Novels and the Question of Theory
Olakunle George
Marxist Approaches to the African Novel
Nicholas Brown
Why History Matters in the African Novel
Eleni Coundouriotis
Political Critique and Resistance in African Fiction
Tejumola Olaniyan
Women Writers and Gender in the Sub- Saharan Novel
Odile Cazenave
Translation and the African Novel: Reading as Re⁄Membering
Lisa McNee

Part II: Regional Imperatives, Thematic Cartographies
Rethinking the Arab African Novel: A Case for Thematization
Zahr Said Stauffer
Approaches to Teaching the Maghrebian Novel: Allegory at the Crossroads
Jarrod Hayes
The Novel, Historiography, and the Griot Epic in the Sahel
Christopher Wise
Approaches to Teaching Islam in the West African Novel
Shirin Edwin
Unveiling the African Legacy in Spanish: Novels from Equatorial Guinea
Dosinda García-Alvite
Teaching Lusophone African Fiction
Fernando Arenas
The Pleasures of the Political: Apartheid and Postapartheid South African Fiction
Louise Bethlehem
Language, Multiple Worlds, and Material Culture in the Teaching of African Migrant Fiction
Brenda Cooper
East African Fiction and Globalization
Peter Kalliney

Part III: Pedagogical and Institutional Contexts
The African Novel in a Course on the Twentieth-Century Novel in English
S. Shankar
The Francophone African Novel in the French-Language Classroom
Mohamed Kamara
Introducing African Novels in a Web-Enhanced Community College Survey Course
Cora Agatucci
Between Three African Locations: Teaching Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart at the Universities of Ibadan, Zululand, and Cape Town
Harry Garuba
The Blank Maps of Difficult Desires: Sexuality and African Literature in the Classroom
Neville Hoad
Confessions of a Disinterested Didact: Teaching Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter
R. Radhakrishnan
Creating Contested Space through the "Nervous Conditions" of Postcolonial Theories
Kimberly Wedeven Segall
Reading the Popular: Onitsha Market Romance and the Practice of Everyday Life
Onookome Okome

Part IV: Resources
Further Resources for Teaching the African Novel
Notes on Contributors

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