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Studies in African Literature


Studies in African literature course explores the view of Africa through writers such as - Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Armah, Marjorie O. Macgoye, Buchi Emecheta, Meja Mwangi, Phaswane Mpe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Teju Cole, Emmanuel Obiechina, David Maillu, Charles Mangua, Cyprian Ekwensi, Alex La Guma, and Obiechina K Obba - exploring such topics as rural settlements; indigenous languages and urbanization; African popular culture; African modernities; and precolonial Africa.

This guide is meant to aid you in finding works written by these authors, reviews, criticisms and other research articles and essays. 


Search Tips: 

Journal Search allows you to search by journal title and gives you the option to view journals in a category. For example, for this course, you would choose Languages and Literatures category and subcategory African Languages and Literatures. 

You can also Browse publications by title or author.

Locating/browsing publications in stacks/shelves

For Dewey Decimal call numbers, check the 800s:Literature located on 5th floor South. Example: David Maillu's For Mbatha and Rebeka is call no. Herskovits Library - 5 South 823.914 M221f

For Library of Congress call numbers, check the class P - Language and Literature and subclasses for details. These will be found on 5th Floor East. 

Note that Library of Congress classification is by subject. For example,  a text like Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. We Should All Be Feminists. New York: Anchor Books, 2015, is  HQ1815.5 .A653 2015. HQ covers - Family. Marriage. Women

Search Tips:

Use Publications search when the title of a publication is known. 

Use Browse for a list of authors in the collection. 

Francophone Africa authors

  • Barry, Mariama – Senegal/Guinea. 
  • *Bessora - Gabon 
  • Beti, Mongo - Cameroon. 
  • Beyala, Calixthe -Cameroon 
  • Bugul, Ken -Sénégal 
  • Bâ, Mariama - Sénégal 
  • Ben Jelloun, Tahar - Morocco. 
  • Boudjedra, Rachid - Algeria 
  • Bouraoui, Nina - Algeria.  
  • Camara, Laye - Guinea 
  • Chedid, Andrée - Egypt. 
  • Chraïbi, Driss - Morocco.  
  • Dib, Mohammed - Algeria 
  • Diome, Fatou - Sénégal 
  • Diop, Boubacar Boris - Sénégal.  
  • Djaout, Tahar - Algeria. 
  • Djebar, Assia - Algeria.  
  • Fall, Aminatta Sow - Sénégal 
  • Khadra, Yasmina - Algeria. Real name, Mohammed Moulessehoul.  
  • Khatibi, Abdelkebir - Morocco.  
  • Mabanckou, Alain - Congo 
  • Meddeb, Abdelwahab - Tunisia.  
  • Memmi, Albert - Tunisia 
  • Mimouni, Rachid - Algeria. 
  • Miano, Léonora - Cameroon. 
  • Mokeddem, Malika - Algeria 
  • Ndiaye, Marie - Sénégal. 
  • Sebbar, Leila - Algeria  
  • Sembène, Ousmane - Sénégal. 
  • Senghor, Léopold Sédar - Sénégal 
  • Tadjo, Véronique - Ivory Coast. 
  • Waberi, Abdourahman - Djibouti. 
  • Werewere-Liking - Cameroon