Introduction to African Literature

Meet the Faculty

Anthonia Kalu

Anthonia Kalu is a professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages and Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside. She comes to UCR from the Ohio State University-Columbus, Ohio. In Summer 2014, she served as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at the University of Ilorin-Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria on capacity building, research development and mentoring for faculty and graduate students. She is a Past President (2013-2014) of the African Literature Association (ALA). Kalu has served as president of the Women’s Caucus of the African Literature Association (WOCALA), and on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association. She has also served as a Board Member for the African Studies Association (USA). She is currently editing an anthology titled Women in Contemporary African Literature. She is also continuing work on a book-length project titled, Language, Woman and Story: African Literature and Social Transformation. Her awards include a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, a Rockefeller writer-in-residence fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship for teachers. Her published works include articles in journals like Africa Today, Research in African Literatures, African Studies Review, the Atlantic Literary Review, Seminar, and the Literary Griot. Kalu is also a creative writer (fiction).

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Introduction to African Literature

CPLT 070
Spring Quarter 2018
UC Riverside, CPLT 070
4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units

An introduction to African literature in English. Traces the history of African literary traditions from its oral beginnings to the early 2000s. Themes include colonialism across the continent, apartheid in South Africa, politics of post-independence, gender, African aesthetics, and diverse cultures on the continent.

Important dates: 

Registration opens: Feb 28, 2019
Registration ends: Mar 31, 2019
First day of instruction: Apr 1, 2019
Last day of instruction: Jun 7, 2019


Please click here to download the syllabus for this course.


Anthonia Kalu