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Studies in African Literature

Overview

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 resources for this course, primarily works written by these authors, but also reviews and articles about these works. 

Databases

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 in the physical library. 

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. 

Search Tips:

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

Use Browse to view the list of authors and their works in the collection.