Africa in the Global Era
What is Africa and who are Africans? How is Africa a colonialist construct? What is colonialism, and how does colonialism differ from imperialism? What is globalization? How is it that poverty, war, epidemics, hunger are so readily associated with Africa? Why does global media perpetrate these stereotypes? How globalized is Africa in the twenty first century, and what is the significance of globalization for Africans? To better understand the nature of globalization and its implications in Africa, we will read across literary genres and examine such issues as colonialism, independence movements, post-colonialism, international trade, media and telecommunications, and population movements between Africa and Euro-America. We will consult books such as Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney, and Decolonizing the Mind by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. We will also watch visual illustrations of current social, economic, and political challenges facing Africa, and reflect on how African directors address these challenges in films including Africa, I will fleece you by Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon), and Guelwaar, Faat Kine, and Moolaade by Sembene Ousmane (Senegal).
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