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Mar 10 2014
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EN 311Z - Summer II

EN311Z Non-Western World Literature: Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South African Literature
Summer II, 2014
Dr. Jaspal K. Singh:
Course Description:
In this English Literature course, students will examine apartheid legacy in a number of South African texts in order to investigate South African characters grappling with the very difficult task of sculpting national as well as personal identities in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Through literature, we will examine various acts, such as the Population Registration, the Group Area, the Bantu Homelands Citizenship, the Pass System, the Public Safety, the Criminal Law Amendment, and so forth, to discuss their impact on South African identity formation. Course texts, J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull, Zakes Mda’s Ways of Dying, Alan Paton’s Too Late the Phalarope, Athol Fugard’s Boesman, and Gobodo-Medikazila, A Human Being Died That Night, deal with resistance to apartheid policies, ranging from student movements to collective action by women, from violence, strikes, demonstrations, to sabotage, which were met with severe penalties and imprisonment. This course is especially designed for students to examine themes of violence, forgiveness and reconciliation as represented in South African literature.

Jaspal K. Singh, Ph.D.
2013-2014 NMU Peter White Scholar
2012-2013 Fulbright Nehru Scholar
2009-2010 NMU Distinguished Professor
Professor, Department of English
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avene
Marquette, MI 49855

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