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LIT-3310 African Encounters

This upper-level course is based on the African Encounters course developed by Khombe Mangwanda, Michael Titlestad, and David Levey of the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, South Africa. It examines several autobiographies written by authors from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. It studies how these African and South African writers use autobiography to explore and define their individual life experiences as well as the collective life experiences of a community. Students are expected to use their critical-thinking and analytical skills as they examine the components of autobiography, the internal and external encounters of each author, and the political and social dimensions of the authors' experiences.

Advisory: This is an upper-level literature class. Students should be familiar with the vocabulary and conventions of literary analysis as well as the correct use of Modern Language Association (MLA) style documentation. Before enrolling in an upper-level literature course, students are strongly encouraged to complete ENC-1020: English Composition II and one or more introductory literature courses and/or have equivalent knowledge.

Study Methods- :

Self-Directed Courses (LIT-3310-SD): This course is offered every term.

Credits: 3

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