SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa; it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories; its core course provides theoretical and methodological skills while its other sections focus on specific areas such as African language literatures and contemporary African literature in English.

Course Modules

Core modules: literatures in African languages. List A (Pan'African modules): travelling Africa: writing the cape to Cairo; theory and techniques of comparative literature; the story of African film (narrative screen media in Africa); aspects of African film and video 2; research methods in translation studies; African philosophy; realism and magical realism in the Afrophone novel; Afrophone philosophies. List B (language specific modules): practical translation from and into Swahili; directed readings in an African language.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
3 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent).