Courses: Anthropology and Literature: Ethnography of Black South African Writing 1888-2008 (ANTHH247B01)

Spring 2013

Through analysis of the development of writing in colonial and apartheid South Africa this course examines the "crisis of representation" of the past two decades in literature and anthropology. We will consider debates about the textual status of ehtnographic monographs and the more general problems of writing and social power. Specifically, we will look at how such writing contributed to the construction and transformation of black subjectivity. Course material will include 19th and 20th century texts by black South Africans including life narratives, particularly collaborated autobiographies by women in the 1980's.

Prerequisites: one course in literature or anthropology.

Fulfills: SO I Limit:15


Anthropology (Web site)

Taught By

Zolani Ngwane (Profile)


Haverford, Stokes 301

Meeting Times

Th 1:30-4:00