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Unit Three: Studying Africa through the Humanities

Module Eleven: African Literatures

Student's Edition

Introduction to Module Eleven: African Literatures


The purpose of Module Eleven: African Literatures is to introduce students to the wide breadth of literatures by and about Africa and Africans. The module examines several genres, or types, of literatures from Southern, West, East, North and Central Africa. The regional designations are in no way meant to suggest that the lines dividing the regions are static or permanent. The literatures taken from those regions for this lesson should not be understood as fully representative of those regions, but as suggestive of the heterogeneity of the literature from Africa.

For a brief background and history of African literature, click here.

Activities 1-6

  1. Reading African Poetry
  2. African Folktales
  3. African Novels
  4. African Short Stories
  5. African Autobiography
  6. African Drama
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