Formerly listed as: BLST-42
Rowland O. Abiodun (Section 01)
(Offered as BLST 315 [A] and ARHA 353) Through a contrastive analysis of the religious and artistic modes of expression in three West African societies—the Asanti of the Guinea Coast, and the Yoruba and Igbo peoples of Nigeria—the course will explore the nature and logic of symbols in an African cultural context. We shall address the problem of cultural symbols in terms of African conceptions of performance and the creative play of the imagination in ritual acts, masked festivals, music, dance, oral histories, and the visual arts as they provide the means through which cultural heritage and identity are transmitted and preserved, while, at the same time, being the means for innovative responses to changing social circumstances.
Spring semester. Professor Abiodun.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
|Igo Arts: Community and Cosmos||Cole, Herbert||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Art of the Dogon||Ezra, Kate||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Art and Religion in Africa||Hackett, Rosalind||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Efuru||Nwapa, Flora||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Death and the King's Horseman||Soyinka, Wole||Amherst Books||TBD|
|A Short Guide to Writing About Art||Barnet, Sylvan||Amherst Books||TBD|
|City of 201 gods||Univ. of California Press, 2011||Olupona, Jacob K.||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Yoruba Art and Language||Abiodun, Rowland||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought||Drewal, Henry||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Asante||McLeod, M.D.||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Things Fall Apart||Achebe, Chinua||Amherst Books||TBD|
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.