Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Modern Languages

First Advisor

Anne Quinney

Second Advisor

Daniel O'Sullivan

Third Advisor

Sara Wellman


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



African Literature has been taught in universities of the world for almost 60 years now. Since then, it has evolved tremendously but the syllabi of these courses haven’t really. Most of the texts read during the twentieth century and considered as classics of African literature are still studied today while more recent literary works are ignored by scholars. Moreover, back then, it was considered useless for a girl to receive an education, priority was given to boys instead; as a result there were more educated boys than girls, and thus more male writers than female ones and these few female writers were not given the same attention as their male counterparts. Thankfully, more girls have access to education today and the gap between educated boys and girls is gradually closing. But African Literature syllabi have not changed even though more women write today. This research project addresses this question by designing a course on African female writers and their creative works from the last two decades. The aim is to highlight female writers’ point of view on African society today, as well as on subjects that were usually discussed by male writers such as politics, migrations, armed conflicts and the place of the African in the woes of their continent.



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