Visions of Africa: Inventing and Documenting a Continent

History 285H/280H

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 4-6
CCN: 
15908
Units: 
4
This course serves two separate purposes. The first (280H) is a broad and critical survey of the production of knowledge on Africa. We will explore the varied ways in which Africa has been conceptualized and represented from antiquity to the present. A range of theoretical, historical, ethnographic, travel, fictional, autobiographical, colonial, and post-colonial writings will be used in the 280H component of the class. Students will be expected to: 1) prepare a half page summary of the week’s reading(s) due in class; (2) make one class presentation; 3) write a short paper (15-20pages) due at the end of the semester. The second component of the course is the 285H research seminar option which revolves around the conceptualization, crafting, refining and completion of a research paper. For the larger part of the semester, students in 285H will work on their individual research papers. Occasional class meetings will provide opportunities to critique each other’s work. The goal is for students to produce a substantial article-length paper. Both options of the seminar will explore the research methodologies, sources, and interpretative practices of the field at the beginning of the semester.
Notes: 

This seminar is combined with History 280H, CN 15923.

Course Books

Hollywoods Africa after 1994 by Himmelman, Natasha Ohio University Press. ISBN: 0821420151 Required
Hollywoods Africa after 1994 Natasha Himmelman by Himmelman, Natasha Ohio University Press. ISBN: 0821420151 Required
Hollywood's Africa after 1994 Natasha Himmelman by Himmelman, Natasha Ohio University Press. ISBN: 0821420151 Required
Hollywood's Africa after 1994 Natasha Himmelman by Himmelman, Natasha Ohio University Press. ISBN: 0821420151 Required
An Enchanting Darkness: The American Vision of Africa in the Twentieth Century by Hickey, Denis Michigan State University Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0870133213 Required
An Enchanting Darkness: The American Vision of Africa in the Twentieth Century 1St Edition Edition by Dennis Hickey by Hickey, Denis Michigan State University Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0870133213 Required
The Invention of Africa by Mudimbe, Y. V. Indiana University Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0253204684 Required
Heart of Darkness by Conrad, Joseph Create Space Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN: 13: 978-1535445283 Required
Oral Tradition as History by Vansina, Jan University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0299102142 Required
In Pursuit of History: fieldwork in Africa by Adenaike, Carolyn Keyes Heinemann. ISBN: 13: 978-0435089924 Required
The Idea of Africa by V. Y.Mudimbe Indiana University Press. ISBN: 13: 978-0253208729 Required
REINVENTING AFRICA: MUSEUMS, MATERIAL CULTURE AND POPULAR IMAGINATION IN LATE VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN ENGLAND by Coombes Anne E Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300068900 Required
Ibn Battuta in Black Africa by hamdun, Said Markus Weiner Publishers. ISBN: 13: 978-1558763357 Required
"Race," Writing and Difference by Gates, Henry Louis University ofChicago Press. ISBN: 10: 0226284352 Required