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Electives for Honours and Masters 2018

Electives for both Honours and Masters 2018

2018 ELECTIVES FOR BOTH HONOURS AND MASTERS           

1. ELL5042F EARTH; ECOLOGY; HUMANITIES: Dr. Hedley Twidle, Semester 1

2. ELL4063H DIRECTED READING IN ENGLISH: Dr. Polo Moji, Semester 2

3. ELL4066S GENDER & LITERATURE: A/Prof. Barbara Boswell, Semester 2

4. ELL4068S STUDIES IN GENRE AND PERIOD: Dr. Peter Anderson, Semester 2

5. ELL4074S CURRENTS OF THOUGHT IN AFRICAN LITERATURE: Dr. Mandisa Haarhoff, Semester 2

6. ELL5000S  PROBLEMS IN TEXTUALITY: Prof. John Higgins, Semester 2

7. ELL5033H DIRECTED READING PROJECT: A/Prof. Barbara Boswell, Semester 2

 

SEMESTER 1

ELL5042F Earth; Ecology; Humanities

26 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Dr H Twidle

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for the MPhil in Environmental Humanities.

Course outline:

The environmental humanities is the term for a dynamic and growing field in universities across the world, one promoting interdisciplinary scholarship that explores how we understand the relations between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production. It ranges from social justice movements to the creative arts, from questions of scientific modelling to the language of government policy. In this course, we will ask how a critical, politically aware environmental consciousness of the South might be brought forth in the public sphere. What, after all, do we mean when we speak of the environment? This seminar considers the rich and difficult terrain where questions of ecological thought and environmental science interact with the humanities: with sociology, anthropology, history, imaginative writing, film, critical theory and the creative arts. This is a co-taught course, with modules including but not limited to: Environmentalism, public science writing and narrative non-fiction; Slow violence, development and the challenge of deep time; Imagining the deep ocean; The militarisation of conservation; The commons debate; Landscape and the gaze; Visual art from Arcadia to Apocalypse; Art and extinction; Capitalism in the web of life; Carbon democracy questions of infrastructure; The political economy of food in the global South; Petro-cultures and the oil encounter in West Africa; Extraction and the poetics of resistance; Film and environment in a new age; Environmental narrative and the media.

DP requirements: DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% of seminar attendance. Assessment: 1. A reflective essay 2000-2500 words (30%). 2. Research-based essay: 3500-4500 words (40%). 3. Portfolio of weekly writing exercises, drafts and journal entries (30%).

 

SEMESTER 2

ELL4063H Directed Reading in English

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr P Moji

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme and agreement of the convener and supervisor prior to registration.

Course outline:

In consultation with the honours convener and with the agreement of a suitable supervisor, students may, in lieu of an elective course, pursue a programme of directed reading in a special subject spread over the course of a year or concentrated into either semester and under the supervision of a member of the English Department.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and attendance at agreed upon meetings.

Assessment: Written work of 8,000 words, at least 50% of which is devoted to a final essay and 50% devoted to shorter written assignments during the semester.

 

ELL4066S Gender & Literature

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Associate Professor B Boswell

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master's programme.

Course outline:

This seminar explores women’s literary history in Africa and the theorisation of gender through literature. Drawing on transnational feminist literary theory, while centering feminist theory from the African continent, it will historically locate women’s literary production in Africa. The course traces a lineage of African feminist literary criticism and thought, showing how the history of such knowledge production finds resonance and articulation in contemporary writing around race, sexuality and representation.

Texts include excerpts from Ifi Amadiume’s Reinventing Africa (1997), Amadiume’s Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in African Societies (1987); Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi’s “Womanism: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Black Female Novel in English” (1985), Molara Ogundipe’s Recreating Ourselves: African Women and Critical Transformations (1994), Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi’s Gender in African Women’s Writing: Identity, Sexuality and Difference (1997), Yvette Abrahams’s “Images of Sara Baartman: Sexuality, Race and Gender in Early 19th Century Britain” (1997), Desiree Lewis’s “Representing African Sexualities” (2011) Pumla Dineo Gqola’s Rape: A South African Nightmare (2015), Makhosazana Xaba’s Running and Other Stories (2013), and Floretta Boonzaier’s “The Life and Death of Anene Booysen: Colonial Discourse, Gender-based Violence and Media Representations” (2017).

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% of seminar attendance.

Assessment: Written work of 8,000 words, at least 50% of which is devoted to a final essay and 50% devoted to shorter written assignments during the semester.

 

ELL4068 Studies in Genre and Period

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr P Anderson

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme.

Course outline:

Critical approaches to literature begin with the study of literary forms, including their operation and development. This course offers a detailed inquiry into the three major genres of English literature, each representative of one or other substantial period in the history of the literature: those are the novel, drama and poetry.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% of seminar attendance.

Assessment: Participation 20%; presentation, 20%; final paper of 4,000 words 60%.

 

ELL4074S Currents of Thought in African Literature

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8

Convener: Dr M Haarhoff

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme.

Course outline:

The term ‘diaspora’ emerged as the term of reference for those peoples of African descent resident outside of Africa in the 1950s as most of Europe’s colonies hurtled toward nation formation. Widely used to identify the survivors of the transatlantic slave trade and their descendants, diaspora, in the case of Africa, came to signal both the connection to Africa and the impermeable difference between those remade by slavery in the ‘New World’ and those who endured colonialism on the continent. This course grapples with the term as one in crisis and instability, constituted and reconstituted not only in relation to yearnings for home (land) but also empire. We will trouble some of the narratives we tell about African and African diasporic literary traditions in relation to empire and nation. Some of these traditions will include, but are not limited to: Ethiopianism, the Harlem Renaissance, Negritude, and Pan-Africanism. We will read slave narratives, novels, poetry, short stories, as well as polemical and theoretical texts. Readings will include select poetry by Aime Cesaire and Langston Hughes, the writings and speeches of Marcus Garvey, Amiri Baraka, and James Baldwin. Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic and Brent Hayes Edwards’ The Practice of Diaspora.  Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928), Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry (1929), Saidiya Hartman Lose Your Mother (2008), Edwidge Dandicat Krik? Krak! (1995), Yaa Gyasi Homegoing (2017).

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% of seminar attendance.

Assessment: Two class essays, counting 50% of the final grade. Each essay about 4,000 words.

 

ELL5000S Problems in Textuality

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Professor John Higgins

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme.

Course outline:

Psychoanalysis and Politics

In this year’s course, we shall examine four moments of discussion and debate around the difficult and much contested conjunction(s) between psychoanalysis and politics.  Weeks 1-3 Marxism and Psychoanalysis I: Volosinov versus Adorno and Marcuse; Weeks 4-6 Colonial and Postcolonial Theory: Sartre, Fanon, Mbembe; Feminisms: Denise Riley, Jacqueline Rose and Judith Butler; Marxism and Psychoanalysis II: Althusser, Badiou and Zizek.

 

ELL5033H Directed Reading Project

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Associate Professor B Boswell

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an honours or master’s programme; agreement of supervisor and Convener prior to registration.

Course outline:

In consultation with the MA convener and with the agreement of a suitable supervisor, students may, in lieu of an elective course, pursue a programme of directed reading in a special subject spread over the course of a year or concentrated into a semester and under the supervision of a member of the English Department.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and attendance at agreed upon meetings.

Assessment: Written work of 8,000 words, at least 50% of which is devoted to a final essay and 50% devoted to shorter written assignments during the semester