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 Third Year Courses


For students in the third years of their BA studies, the English Department offers English as a major subject. The modules cover a wide range of topics in English literature, film and media studies, and the study of culture in different contexts.
Please note that the two major courses in each year are worth 20 credits. The elective courses are worth 10 credits.
The following courses are offered:
First Semester

ENG 311 Renaissance Studies / Modernism [20 CREDITS]
This course begins by exploring the English and European Renaissance, a period characterized by a range of new "discoveries" - scientific, philosophical and geographical - and how it has shaped us in present-day Africa, and in the modern world as a whole.
Key Texts:   
More, Thomas  Utopia (Penguin)  ISBN. 0140449108
Machiavelli, N.  The Prince (Penguin) ISBN. 0140455337
Shakespeare, W. Hamlet (Arden Edition) ISBN. 0174434901

We then consider the art and literature of the Modernist period, circa 1910-1939, in western Europe and north America. Modernism is a term which applies to the sense of newness and variety which was felt by artists and writers during this period, as well as the experience of trauma and alienation which often accompanied the radical social and technological changes of the early twentieth century. This section of the course pays particular attention to the ways in which "high" Modernism draws on Renaissance experiments with literary form in order to forge a language and a vision that reflects the sense of excitement, and as well as that of social fragmentation that modernist writers perceived in contemporary social life.
Key Texts:   
Woolf, V.   Mrs Dalloway (Oxford World Classics) ISBN. 9780192839701
Faulkner, W.   The Sound and the Fury (Vintage) ISBN. 9780099475019
Conrad, J.   Heart of Darkness (Oxford UP) ISBN. 0192833731

ELECTIVE:   ENG 313 Film and Media Studies [10 CREDITS]
In this course students critically examine a range of film, developing their theoretical knowledge of the medium. The course has two distinct foci:
a) metafictional cinema (films about film), b) documentary film in Africa.

Second Semester
ENG 321 Post-Colonial Literature and Postmodern Fiction (Term 3 & 4) [20 CREDITS]
In this module students will explore aspects of postcolonial transformation in order to develop an understanding of cultural history and processes of change. We will also explore key theoretical ideas about contemporary postmodernist culture and examine a number of postmodern films and books. Here we also consider how postcolonial themes are reworked in a "postmodern" literary mode. The writers we consider employ textual strategies which foreground fictional "truths" (or indeed fictional questions) about the impact of historical conditions on consciousness, identity and storytelling.
Key Texts:

Hurston, Z.N. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Penguin)​

Roy, A. The God of Small Things (London: Flamingo) ISBN. 9780006550686

Coetzee, J.M.  Foe (Penguin) ISBN. 014009623

Ondaatje, M   The English Patient (1992) ISBN NO.067945203 or 0-393-96650-X

Morrison, T.  Beloved (Vintage) ISBN. 9780099760115

Course Reader
ELECTIVE: ENG 323 Topics in Theatre and Performance [10 CREDITS]
This course introduces students to the origins as well as the current context of theatre and performance. We will be looking at aspects of theatre and performance in relation to African as well as Western traditions and how these have evolved over time. Students will not only read plays, but will also be given opportunities to perform and visit various theatre productions.

ELECTIVE: ENG331  Creative Writing [10 CREDITS]

An intensive small-group creative writing class for English major students who wish to develop their creative writing in poetry or prose (short story). The numbers in this class are limited, and students who wish to enrol should contact the department and submit a portfolio of work.

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