Holly Hanson

 314 Skinner
 Hhanson@mtholyoke.edu
 Office phone: 538-2094

 Office hours TTh 3-4 and by appointment.

 History 241

 African Popular Culture

Political Map of Africa

 This course uses popular music, dance, fiction, film, street art, bus slogans, newspapers and other sources to document African interpretations of the decades since "flag independence" in 1960. We will let African musicians, writers, film-makers and artists direct our investigation of the big questions of the class: Why is the gap between rich and poor in African societies increasing? What is happening to gender relations? What do African people think of their political leaders and how do they imagine political situations might improve?

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Required Reading and Syllabus

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Final Project/Exam Options