Nobel Prize-winning African Authors: Coetzee, Gordimer, Lessing (Nobel-díjas afrikai szerzők: Coetzee, Gordimer, Lessing) in spring 2015
Gyuris Kata, Thu 14:00–15:30, R423/a, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
The aim of this course is to familiarise students with postcolonial literatures through the works of three Nobel Prize-winning Southern African novelists. We will read novels and short stories, accompanied by relevant critical and theoretical considerations.

12 February: Orientation, Introduction to postcolonial studies

19 February: Introduction to postcolonial studies cont. (Set reading: Anne McClintock: “The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term ‘Post-Colonialism’”)

26 February: Nadine Gordimer: “Friday’s Footprint”

5 March: Nadine Gordimer: The Pickup

12 March: Gordimer: The Pickup cont. (Assignment 1 due)

19 March: Doris Lessing: The Grass Is Singing

26 March: Lessing: The Grass Is Singing cont.

2 April: Spring break

9 April: Lessing: The Fifth Child (Assignment 2 due)

16 April: J. M. Coetzee: “He and his man”

23 April: Coetzee: Foe

30 April: Coetzee: Foe cont. (Home paper due)

7 May: Excerpts from Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello (Assignment 3 due, Home paper due for those who submit their degree thesis this semester)

14 May: Evaluation, grades

requirements & assessment

In-class participation: 40% (30% short assignments + 10% participation in class discussions), Presentation: 20 %, Home Paper: 40%.

All reading materials will be provided.

About the assignments: Response papers on the three authors in about 400 words, each.

About the home paper: 5-6 double spaced pages.