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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2009

E f376L • The Literature of African AIDS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Hoad, N

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

In this course we will read, watch and discuss emerging cultural representations of the current AIDS pandemic affecting sub-Saharan Africa alongside journalistic, social-science and historical accounts. Many genres will be covered including novels, films, plays, travel diaries and memory books in order to work through their respective strengths and weaknesses in the difficulty of representing the various aspects of a public-health crisis of overwhelming proportions.

Grading Policy

The class will be run as a seminar. Attendance is mandatory. More than one unexcused absence will result in a grade penalty. Class participation including one presentation: 30% of your grade; Two response papers, 3-4 pages each: 10% each; One final paper, 10-12 pages: 50%


John Le Carre. The Constant Gardener; Phaswane Mpe. Welcome to our Hillbrow; Tsitsi Dangarembga. Everybody's Child; Samantha Power. "South Africa’s AIDS Rebel."; Mbogeni Ngema. Sarafina II.; Ruth Whitney. Slim: a novel; Alex Shoumatoff. African Madness; Devla Murphy. The Ukimwi Road: from Kenya to Zimbabwe; Course booklet with readings by Patton, Malan, Mbeki, The Treatment Action Campaign, Singhal and others


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