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ELL5031S: LITERATURE AND MODERNITY 2 (SEMESTER 2)

Revolutionary Modernities (Semester 2)

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Conveners: Dr P Moji and Dr C Ouma

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for the English master’s programme

Course outline:

In his seminal 1938 text The Black Jacobins, C.L.R James argued that the plantation is the first instantiation of modernity and the Haitian Revolution the fullest realization of democracy. What is often forgotten is that The Black Jacobins was written as one possible vision of anti-colonial resistance in Africa, not the Caribbean from which he came. James was one of several black writers, thinkers and intellectuals whose work engaged with the economic, political and cultural circuits of Western modernity and its operations on the African continent and its diasporas. Central to this course will be the points of intersection and divergence, between continental and diaspora Africa intellectuals. We explore the manner in which the conception of Western modernity disrupted by Black intellectual traditions through works by thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Michel-Rolph Troulliot, David Scott, Lewis Gordon, Édouard Glissant, Avery Gordon and Kimberle Crenshaw. The course is designed as trans-Atlantic dialogue, alternating between Africa, the Caribbean and North-America on a weekly basis.

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