Course Spotlight: The African Storyteller

Course Description

This 4-week online course provides students with a new and critical perspective on a popular UW-Madison course. Originally developed by Harold E. Scheub, “The African Storyteller” introduces students to both the oral and written traditions of African literature. Students will study several oral stories from across the continent, and a few classic African novels, as well as theories for interpreting them.

All coursework is online. There are no meetings or official office hours. Students read stories and introductory hypertext, watch lectures featuring Harold Schueb, complete quizzes, participate in discussion forums, and assemble a virtual anthology of African storytelling. Coursework is synchronous, meaning that, while there is a great deal of flexibility, students must meet certain weekly deadlines.

Course Details

African 210: The African Storyteller
3 credits
Summer 2018 (June 18-July 15)
*Fulfills Literature requirement

About the Instructor

Matthew H. Brown is a specialist of African screen media, with a focus on “Nollywood,” Nigeria’s video film industry. He also writes about television, literature, and popular music. His teaching includes courses on African screen media, African oral traditions, African literature, and melodrama in Africa.