HIST 1421

HIST 1421

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Novels are perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the past.  Written as fiction, they nevertheless entice us to learn more.  This course will explore two West African novels written as historical fiction. We will discuss and write about the many themes in the novels, but also contrast their conceptions of the past with how historians have explored these same themes and times past. The novels we will read are Ousmane Sembene's God's Bits of Wood, which examines a railway workers strike in colonial Senegal. The other novel is Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun, that discuss the Nigerian civil which occurred  between 1967-1970.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18879HIST 1421  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Sep 2 - Dec 16, 2020
    • Greene, S

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.