"Literatures from Ghana"
Literature from Ghana
Join us for an exploration of Ghanaian literature across the decades from the 1960s
to our contemporary moment. From short stories to novels, comics to films, we’ll engage it all to better understand how histories of colonialism, anti-colonial struggles, feminism, postcolonial realities, and a complicated economy have influenced a rich tradition of storytelling, literary dissent and representational politics in West Africa.
We’ll focus on how issues of power, privilege, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and poverty play out in different contexts, and make connections to our own lives in Seattle and beyond.
Here's a historical figure who is known for her anti-colonial activism:
Yaa Asantewaa (1840-1921), the anti-imperialist queen mother in the Ashanti Empire (modern-day Ghana) who died 17 October 1921. In 1900, she led the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism, declaring, "I must say this, if you the men of Ashanti will not go forward, then we will. We the women will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men. We will fight till the last of us falls in the battlefields."
Description: JOIN US FOR AN EXPLORATION OF GHANAIAN LITERATURE ACROSS THE DECADES FROM THE 1960S TO OUR CONTEMPORARY MOMENT. FROM SHORT STORIES TO NOVELS, COMICS TO FILMS, WEʼLL ENGAGE IT ALL TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW HISTORIES OF COLONIALISM, ANTI-COLONIAL STRUGGLES, FEMINISM, POSTCOLONIAL REALITIES, AND A COMPLICATED ECONOMY HAVE INFLUENCED A RICH TRADITION OF STORYTELLING, LITERARY DISSENT, AND REPRESENTATIONAL POLITICS IN WEST AFRICA. WEʼLL FOCUS ON HOW ISSUES OF POWER, PRIVILEGE, GENDER, RACE, SEXUALITY, WEALTH, AND POVERTY PLAY OUT IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS AND MAKE CONNECTIONS TO OUR OWN LIVES IN SEATTLE AND BEYOND.