Engaging Contemporary South African Literature (Virtual).

Drs. Renee Schatteman and Beth Gylys are co-teaching a virtual study abroad this Maymester that you might consider taking. You may be thinking that such a course is a contradiction in terms: how can you do study abroad if you don’t actually go abroad? The Study Abroad office created the virtual Study Abroad concept in 2020, as a way to keep international exchange alive during the pandemic. As we approach May 2022, travel to South Africa (the country we are studying) is still restricted, so we are going to offer another virtual program, one which we believe is amazing, despite the fact that you don’t get the chance to set foot in the country.


In this class, we will read from the rich literature of current-day South Africa and meet with the writers whose work we will be reading. Most English students are lucky if they get the chance to meet one or two of the writers they study in the course of their English program; this course allows you to directly interact with each writer we feature. We also have included opportunities to engage with some of the English students at the University of Western Cape, so that you can hear about the South African experience from the perspective of students like yourself.


If you would like to get a sense of the most authors we will meet, you can look at the following clips on iCollege:


Sindiwe Magona: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK7nJ7xstwA&t=31s

Thando Mqgolozana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2tcuLp7gRU

Kobus Moolman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wFoJh-NKVU

Koleka Putuma: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGdqcEKlGhw



All Literature AND creative writing students, graduate students AND undergraduate students are eligible to take the class. Attached please find a flyer with a link to the course registration. The cost of the course (in addition to tuition) is $252. 54, but you can apply for the International Education Fund (IEF) grant to defray that cost.


The deadline to register for the class and to apply for the IEF is Feb. 15th.


Please feel free to email either Dr. Schatteman schatteman@gsu.edu or Dr. Gylys bgylys@gsu.edu if you have questions or seek further information.