This module will introduce students to modern Nigerian literature in English, and to the debates that marked its inception such as Achebe’s controversial attack on Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Nigerian writers’ responses to Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s call to African writers to cease writing in English, the language of the colonisers. The module will also engage with critical debates about the claims of the oral roots of Nigerian literature and their implications, will address Nigerian interventions in feminist criticism and will also interrogate the construction of Nigerian national identity through analysis of number of texts centred around the representation of the 1967 civil war.

Term(s) offered: Autumn term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: II A 1