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

Spring 2010


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Course Description

This course is a study of one of the most traumatic periods in South African history. With a brief detour into the deeper past of South Africa to contextualize for the rise of apartheid, the course will predominantly focus on the period since 1948 to the present. We will study the social, political, economic, and cultural history of a nation in the grip of legalized terror from the perspectives of women, children, and men - of all "racial" backgrounds - whole lived through that particular period. While the course will focus on both oppression and agency, and the in-between-spaces, students are advised that some of the course content (books, audio, and video material) will include violent scenes. Such was the history of apartheid in South Africa, but overall, students will come away with a greater appreciation not only of the history of that country, but of Southern Africa, and the United States, which had its own version of apartheid in Jim Crow. NB: Though not a requirement, a background in modern African history will be a distinct advantage. Samukele, Kamohelo, Welcome!

This course is designed for critical reading and writing. Those students interested in improving their writing skills will find this a rewarding course.


Texts Texts will include (note: final given at the beginning of class) · Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom · Mamphela Ramphele, Across Boundaries · J.M. Coetzee, Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life · Phyllis Ntantala, A Life's Mosaic · Shireen Hassim, Women's Organizations and Democracy in South Africa · Steve Biko, I Write What I Like · Andre Brink, A Fork in the Road


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