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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40165 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
GAR 1.126

Course Description

Hatshepsut, Nzinga, Nehanda, Sara Bartmann, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nisa, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Buchi Emecheta, Mpho M'Atsepo Nthunya&. Recognize any of these names? Some, none at all? Well, do not worry, you will be an "expert" by the end of this course designed to introduce students to the historical and contemporary lives of women on the African continent. The course will cover both the breath and depth of African women's history. Breath will be considered through lectures, while depth will be studied through the readings of particular case studies of African womens writings, on major themes like: politics, economics, religion, the family, culture, technology, feminism, colonialism, nationalism, and development - the readings will include memoirs and novels, talk about serious learning while having fun. Welcome to the University of Texas at Austin!

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation (15%); In-class Quizzes (20%); One Reflection and Analytical Essay, 15%; Mid-term exam (25%); Final exam (25%)


Mamphela Ramphele, Across Boundaries Colin Leys and Susan Brown, Histories of Namibia: Living through the Liberation Struggle Mariam Ba, So Long a Letter Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood Ellen Kuzwayo, Call Me Woman André Brink, The Other Side of Silence Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions Oyeronke Oyewumi, African Gender Studies:


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