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X-Posted from H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joyce Youmans <youmans@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> _________ REPLY 1 From: "Smid, Karen" <firstname.lastname@example.org> I'd recommend Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie on the Biafran war (http://www.halfofayellowsun.com/). Karen Smid ________ REPLY 2 From: "Sarah Watkins" <email@example.com> You might want to include Ngugi wa Thiong'o's *Petals of Blood* (about disillusionment with postcolonial realities in Kenya; can be used very effectively in concert with Cohen and Odhiambo's *The Risks of Knowledge*). I would also recommend *David's Story* by Zoe Wicomb (about the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, but also incorporates gendered critiques of the colonial era and provides a good tie-in with the Sara Baartman story), as well as *God Dies by the Nile* by Nawal el-Saadawi (a gendered critique of both colonialism and Islam in Egypt). Sarah Watkins University of California- Santa Barbara _________ REPLY 3 From: "Robert E. Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Ngugi wa Thiongo's play, I WILL MARRY WHEN I WANT is a scathing critique of post-independence politics in Kenya. It gives great insight into the historical issues behind the violence following the last elections there. Robert E. Smith Independent Scholar _________ REPLY 4 From: "Sally Matthews" <S.Matthews@ru.ac.za> Ngugi's new novel 'Wizard of the Crow' is great if there is a political economy slant to your course as it provides plenty of commentary on the relations between institutions like the World Bank and Africa as well as commentary on dictatorship in Africa. I've used it very successfully with fourth year politics students. My students also enjoyed Chris Abani's 'Graceland' which helped stimulate discussion on globalization and Africa. With more junior students, I've used short stories to complement academic course content and here I have used Binyavanga Wainaina's 'Discovering Home', Chimamanda Adichie's 'Lagos, Lagos' and Ama Ata Aidoo's 'Male-ing Names in the Sun'. Each of these stories can easily be linked to common themes in African studies - e.g. Wainaina's text talks a lot about identity, Adichie touches on pentecostalism and on corruption, and Aidoo's text highlights issues around how colonialism affected naming practices and gender relations in Africa. Sally Matthews Department of Political and International Studies Rhodes University South Africa