Contemporary Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila takes the literary world by a storm with his debut novel TRAM 83. Set in a fictional Congolese mining city state, he tells the story of poet Lucien and his exploits with a cast of drunkards, dealers, writers and dreamers. TRAM 83 confronts the issue of land and people exploitation and brings it to our modern time. through these pages we will explore concepts such as neocolonialism, African globalization , and the place of artistic production in Africa
Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man tells the story of a black man in America; how the colour of his skin renders him invisible. "Not a physical condition", claims the narrator- but rather the result of the refusal for his world to acknowledge him. The tale brings readers along the ride of a young and gifted public speaker in 1920s-1930s, South U.S.A.
“I’s big and black and I say ‘Yes, suh’ as loudly as any burrhead when it’s convenient, but I’m still the king down here. . . . The only ones I even pretend to please are big white folk, and even those I control more than they control me. . . . That’s my life, telling white folk how to think about the things I know about. . . . It’s a nasty deal and I don’t always like it myself. . . . But I’ve made my place in it and I’ll have every Negro in the country hanging on tree limbs by morning if it means staying where I am.”
Through these pages we explore concepts such as
black nationalism- identity-black identity-Marxism- individuality
This realistic fiction novel was published in 2000 by Hyperion Books.
Celebrating African-America's Black History Month , we will be reading African American writer Sharon G. Flake's The Skin I'm In this month.
It tells the story of Maleeka Madison, a young dark skinned girl who's self esteem is fainted by the rejection she experiences because of the color of her skin.
This relatable novel speaks tremendously to what consists of the Black/African experience in a Western space. Being from the perspective of a young woman it also brings up concepts of woman esteem, beauty, race/colorism as we explore Madison's through he feelings of her reality.
Partnering with Carleton University's Institute of African Studies Student Association (IASSA), our further book selections will cater to writers from the African continent and it's Diasporas.
The IASSA's goal "to create an intellectual space for students of Carleton University and greater Ottawa community, in order to foster growth and stimulate critical yet conscious thought" offers a great setting for our book club promoting evolving conversation.
Chill and friendly monthly gatherings will be held in the History Lounge on campus !
Powerful in its simplicity and inspiring wisdom , Coelho's classic The Alchemist speaks volume to its readers on self-truth.
Davis' study sheds light on how the women's liberation movement has always been restrained by racist and classist preconceptions of their leaders in the U.S., from the days of the abolitionist to our contemporary days.
Published on Febuary 12th 1983
promoting the simplistic physicality of reading in our high and fast consuming modern space
ideas based on facts to enforce a richer and effective progression
Relocating historical events and finding its place in our Own narrative, its representation for Us in our space and time
hopefully help complexify and give further insight and answer some of the "why?"'s of our reality
Not necessarily summarizing or in depth analysis of elements but Creating a new modern, and applicable conversation from themes and theories of these books