One-Day Course: Mapping the City in Contemporary African Literature, Saturday 4 March 2017, University of Bristol

Teju Cole Open City

One-Day Course: Mapping the City in Contemporary African Literature
Tutor: Kate Haines

Date: Saturday 4 March 2017
Time: 10.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Department of English, University of Bristol, 3/5 Woodland
Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TB

How are contemporary African novelists using literary form to create new cartographies of the city? How is americanah-cover_fronttechnology changing the way in which the city is experienced and conceptualised in African literature?

This one-day course explores the writing of a group of interconnected post-millennial African writers, and the ways in which their novels represent and are produced out of the cities of Lagos, Nairobi, London and New York.

Texts for discussion will be provided in advance and include short sections from novels and short stories by Sefi Atta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A. Igoni Barrett, Brian Chikwava, Teju Cole, Billy Kahora, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour and Binyavanga Wainaina.

This lifelong learning / return to study pathway course is open to all (over eighteen) – no qualification required.

BrianChikwava_HarareNorthCourse fee: £35
18 places available, booking essential.  Book here.

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