UCT Summer School course puts spotlight on contemporary African writers

The annual UCT Summer School programme is in full swing, offering various short courses and lectures across disciplines.

Professor Emerita Annie Gagiano will present a two-day course which puts contemporary African writing into sharp focus.

The "Dimensions of Contemporary African Writing" course will be a quick-paced tour through writing from many parts of the African continent.

The lectures will show the range of topics, styles and types of texts that have emerged from Africa and reached international reading markets.

I am a little concerned that there is too much emphasis on the exiled or the diasporic African writer's production.

Prof Emerita Annie Gagiano, Professor in the English Department at University Of Stellenbosch

The Continent's own writers, still resident here, are continuing to produce marvellous writing that is well worth the attention.

Prof Emerita Annie Gagiano, Professor in the English Department at University Of Stellenbosch

She will focus on male authors from Chinua Achebe to Jamala Safari on the first day and explores female authors from Lauretta Ngcobo to Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on the next day.

I'll be emphasising the tremendous variety of what the African authors address and the complexity and range of writing that these authors produce.

Prof Emerita Annie Gagiano, Professor in the English Department at University Of Stellenbosch

Prof Emerita Annie Gagiano class takes place on Thursday 17 January and Friday 18 January at 5.00 PM.

Course fees cost R220 with a discount for staff and students at R110.

The UCT Summer School programme comes to an end on January 25.

Visit the UCT Summer School website to learn more about what's on offer.

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