1. Pick your favorite writer from the semester and get to know them and their work better. Read more of their fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. (Remember to keep track of all of your sources so that you can cite them.) Do some more research on their country of origin and their lives today. Watch videos of them, if you can find them, and read reviews of their work.
2. Create a multimedia presentation (“presentation” in the sense that these will be shared with the class, but they won’t be live or recorded–unless you choose to do some recording, as suggested below) that includes:
- one original creative work (story, poem, drawing, video, painting, dance, song, ______________) inspired by the writer.
- a 1-page summary of your creative work that explains the connections between your creative work and the chosen writer. (*If you prefer, you can record audio or video of yourself just talking through this instead of writing it.)
- A 2-4 page, double spaced, researched (and MLA-cited), thesis-driven analysis of this writer’s importance in African Literature, as you understand it. Another way to think of this: In the grand (huge!) scheme of a conversation about African literature, where does this writer fit in? What is her/his unique contribution, as you see it? You might also look at the writer in context of their own country of origin and their unique contribution in that regard. Though this is researched, try and keep this writing your own, limiting yourself to just short quotes or paraphrases from sources. This should not look like a big report for which you’ve gathered info, copied it, and pasted it.
The author I have chosen is Leila Aboulela. She a writer from Sudan.