African Literature – Histories, Pillars and Visions (Lecture Series)


Donnerstag, 18-20;

This lecture series will offer a survey of African literature from the early 20th century to the present, featuring different eras, foci, genres and languages and respective historical contexts. During the course of these lectures the following questions will be examined:

  • What is referred to by the umbrella term 'African Literatures' and what are the major pillars of prose, poetry and theatre in Africa?
  • Who are the most important representatives?
  • Which decade featured which topical and poetical foci?
  • How is feminism, good governance, colonialism, environmentalism and futurity negotiated in African literature?
  • Which histories have informed African writing, which visions have been shared and which changes have been implemented by African and African-diasporic imaginary in(ter)ventions?

This lecture series will be given digitally via ZOOM every Thursday evening from 6-8pm. In order to register on ZOOM, CLICK HERE. You will need a password that you can find in the event's INFORMATIONAL FLYER (PDF). Detailed information about the different sessions is also found there. The first session will be held on April 23.