Seminar: Gender Politics in Post‐Independence Nigerian Writing - Vertiefungsmodul: Anglistik Literatur II - Details
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Course name Seminar: Gender Politics in Post‐Independence Nigerian Writing - Vertiefungsmodul: Anglistik Literatur II
Course number ANG.05293.02
Semester SS 2020
Current number of participants 13
expected number of participants 20
Home institute Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Wednesday, 22.04.2020 14:00 - 16:00
Studiengänge (für) LA Gym/ Sek Englisch (2007 +2012 + 2015) LA Förder (Sekundar) Englisch (2012+2015)
ECTS points 5


Introduction / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists, How to Read Nigerian Literature / Lesley Nneka Arimah, “The Future Looks Good”, Postcolonial Criticism / Bill Ashcroft et al., The Empire Writes Back (Excerpt), Black Feminist Criticism / Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi, “Womanism”, Education and Emancipation / Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen, Gender and Space / Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen, Gendered Language / Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen, The Law of the Father / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, Coming of Age / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, Gender and Postcolonial Nationhood / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, Polygamy and Motherhood / Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Stay with Me, Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Stay with Me / Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Stay with Me, End-of-Term Exam

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Wednesday: 14:00 - 16:00, weekly

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When Nigerian gender issues make the headlines in Western news outlets, the focus is usually on gender-based violence, such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation, or the 2014 abduction of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram. At the same time, one of the most outspoken and popular feminist advocates today is the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose TEDx talk and published pamphlet We Should All Be Feminists (2012/14) can be purchased in almost any major bookstore. In 2015, the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria was trending on Twitter, a clear sign of the increased global interest in "What it means to be female in Nigeria", as a BBC News headline put it at the time (1 July 2015).

In this seminar, we will approach the question of what it might mean to be gendered (fe)male in Nigeria by analysing Nigerian literature from the country's declaration of independence from the UK in 1960 to the present day. We will not only discuss the works of such critically acclaimed authors as Adichie or Chinua Achebe, but also read the texts of lesser known authors or more recent arrivals on the Nigerian literary scene. The aim of the seminar is to uncover the complexities of gender identities and conflicts in post-independence Nigerian writing.

Students need to purchase their own copies of the following novels (please make sure to pick the correct edition):

-- Adébáyọ̀, Ayọ̀bámi. Stay With Me. Canongate Books, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-78211-960-9.
-- Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple Hibiscus. 4th Estate/HarperCollins, 2017. Second Edition. ISBN: 978-0-00-718988-5.
-- Emecheta, Buchi. Second Class Citizen. George Braziller, 2015. Reprint. ISBN: 978-0-8076-1066-4.

All other texts assigned as required reading will be made available in a seminar reader.

Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist im Studienbegleitprogramm von gender*bildet (Zertifikat Gender Studies) anrechenbar. Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter:

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