[A] This course examines prose fiction by selected African writers published between the mid-twentieth century and the present. We will explore the writers’ treatment of a range of issues, particularly those pertinent to post-colonial and post-independent African societies. These include: the ways African countries have fashioned themselves in the age of modernity, migration and the formation of diasporas, and the experiences of women. We will be especially attentive to how the intersections between European novelistic conventions and African oral traditions impact form in these works. We will focus on writings from Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and South Africa and examine works by such writers such as Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chimamanda Adichie, and Yvonne Vera.