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DHIS 27A13 - In Their Own Words : Women in Modern West African History

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Who makes history? For many years, historians wrote books without asking themselves that question—and the result was that African women were often erased from the historical record. This course studies how women have both shaped history and been subject to its forces, though often in unexpected ways. It explores the stories of real and fictional West African women during the 19th and 20th centuries: mighty queens, snide co-wives, boastful mothers, shrewd traders, ingenious slaves, brilliant writers, entrepreneurial prostitutes, intrepid nationalists and demanding spinsters. Students will engage with their stories in multiple formats. In addition to reading cutting-edge historical writing, they will also study graphic novels, novels, and memoirs.


PROSPERETTI, Elisa (Teaching Fellow)

Course validation

Weekly quizzes ; Leading discussion section + rapporteur report; final paper (due Week 12)

Required reading

Extracts of different history books and articles ; but also graphic novels, novels, and memoirs