Themes in Literature: Global African Literatures

English 1160
Global African Literatures
Section 1
Katelyn Harlin
Arts and Science 233

What does it mean to be a writer from the African Diaspora? How have writers of African descent around the world continued to engage with the idea of Africa, lamented its challenges, and celebrated its resilience? This course will examine how texts from the 19th century slave narratives through Marvel’s Black Panther have engaged with “diaspora” and its various, sometimes conflicting meanings. We will discuss how writers such as Harriet Jacobs, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helen Oyeyemi, Ta Nehisi Coates, and others have explored and disrupted our ideas about race, gender, nation, justice, and even art.