Literature Seminar: The presenter was Prof. Garvin Cologne-Brooks, a visiting scholar and creative writer from the United States
Meeting with the External Examiner. Dr. Joseph Muleka of the University of Nairobi
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Department of Literature meeting with External Examiner
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."
Seminar in the Literature Resource Centre
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino
Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino

Department of Literature


Introduction

The main office of the literature department is in the Languages and Literature building, which is the first block on Conference Road, off Church Road.

Believing that literature is a vital activity in the communication and interpretation of experience and that it is a crucial agent in the socialisation, humanisation and harmonisation of the populace, we train people in the areas of creative writing, performing arts, public speaking and aesthetic appreciation. Our training enables students to fit and work in both local and international environments.

Mission Statement
The mission of the literature department is to provide high quality instruction, research and creative writing programmes that will enable the graduates to become top-level literary practitioners.
Internal Links
The literature department is part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students registered in the department take a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with literature as the major subject, or as one of two or three subjects. At the postgraduate level, we offer courses leading to Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in literature. Literature is also very popular as a teaching subject with students taking a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Arts) degree. The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) requires that English and Linguistics as a teaching subject be combined with Literature.
 
Education students with other teaching subjects such as Geography, History, Christian Religious Education, Kiswahili and French may also take Literature as a Minor (third teaching subject) to improve their competence and increase their employability/marketability. Literature also has practical and creative writing units that would benefit students from any other school or department. The literature department nurtures creative talent in writing, performance and other areas of communication. The department is already well known for its production of high calibre manpower in the fields of enter- and infotainment. Certain writing courses would improve writing skills and thereby enhance the future professional competence of all university students, irrespective of areas of specialisation.

External Links
Over the years the Literature department has established links with various entities outside the University. These links have been very useful in terms of providing resources and facilitating training and development of staff and students.
 
Examples include links with Nesna University Norway, Soka Gakkai International (Japan), State University of West Georgia, Idaho State University, Free University Berlin (FUB) and University of Cape Town (UCT). Informally, staff and students maintain vibrant links and engage in joint activities with East African institutions such as other universities, publishing and media houses. Particularly appreciated are the creative writers, some of whom are former students, who make regular stops to speak and share their experiences.
Research Activities

The literature department hosts some of the most recognizable literary practitioners and creative writers in the country. We have a committed team of professors, associate professors, senior lecturers, lecturers and tutorial fellows. Areas of specialisation include, but are not limited to:

  • Language use
  • Stylistics
  • Literary presentation
  • Oral Literature
  • Folklore
  • African Literature
  • American Literature
  • Asian Literature
  • European Literature
  • Drama and Theatre
  • Critical Theory
  • Criticism
  • Children’s Literature

Specialty And Branding
The literature department nurtures creative talent in writing, performance and other areas of communication. The department is already well known for its production of high calibre manpower in the fields of enter- and infotainment. Certain writing courses would improve writing skills and thereby enhance the future professional competence of all university students, irrespective of areas of specialisation.

Study Mode and Duration
The literature department is flexible and services undergraduate students in the regular programme, the school based programme and the digital school. Depending on student choices, undergraduate programmes take a minimum of three years and a maximum of four years to complete.

Undergraduate Course Structure
The literature department offers a total of fifty-three units of study in its undergraduate programme. Nine of these are core units. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) students thereafter choose electives depending on their subject combination, while Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) students choose six or seven electives to complete their programme. For all undergraduate programmes it is mandatory for students to pass both coursework (class attendance, continuous assessment tests and research paper) and the end of semester examinations.

M.A. Programme
This is a flexible programme which is offered, on part-time and full time basis, through:
• Coursework, examination, research and thesis
• Coursework, examination, research and project
• Coursework, examination and creative writing project

Ph.D. Programme
This programme is offered through:
1.research and thesis, on a part-time or fulltime basis
2.coursework, examination, research and thesis on a full-time basis

Mode of Delivery
The lecture method is supplemented by tutorial presentations, term papers and other written assignments. Audio and video presentations, supervised original writing and theatre workshops are employed where applicable. Active interaction between student, lecturer and text is encouraged at all times.

Student Destinations
This is the department of choice for those interested in creative writing. Indeed leading writers and thespians are alumni. In addition, service industries such as teaching, publishing, print and electronic media are well served by literature graduates. Furthermore, training in literature also enhances competence in professions that deal with interpersonal communication such as Human Resource Management, Corporate Affairs and Public Relations. Indeed a course in literature sharpens communication skills in all spheres of life.

DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE 2016/2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

Postgraduate Committee
Dr. Wallace Mbugua - Chairman
Prof. Oluoch Obura
Dr. Waveney Olembo
Dr. Wasambo Were

Curriculum Committee
Dr. Waveney Olembo - Co-ordinator
Prof. Oluoch Obura
Dr. Paul Mukundi
Dr. D. M. Mwangi
Mr. O. M. Maina

Examination Committee
Dr. Macharia Mwangi - Co-ordinator
Mr. Mark Chetambe - (Assistant)

IBP Programme Co-ordinator
Dr. Wasambo Were

Welfare Committee
Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai - Chairman
Dr. Waveney Olembo - Treasurer
Mr. Mark Chetambe - Secretary

Intellectual Property Rights Representative
Dr. Wasambo Were

Website Representative
Mr. Mark Chetambe

Quality Assurance Committee
Prof. Oluoch Obura- Co-ordinator
Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai
Dr. Kisa Amateshe
Dr. Paul Mukundi
Dr. M. M. Macharia

Registration Committee
Dr. Wasambo Were - Co-ordinator
Mr. Mark Chetambe - (Assistant)

Teaching Load Committee
Dr. Kisa Amateshe - Co-ordinator
Mr. Wasambo Were

Seminars Committee
Dr. Justus Makokha - Co-ordinator
Dr. Waveney Olembo
Dr. Wallace Mbugua
Mr. Gachanja Kiai

Vetting Committee
Dr. Waveney Olembo - Co-ordinator
Dr. Paul Mukundi

Academic Advising Committee
Mr. Mark Chetambe - 1st Year - AZ
Dr. O. M. Maina - 2nd Year - AZ
Dr. Waveney Olembo - 3rd Year - AZ 18
Mr. Gachanja Kiai - 4th Year - AZ 13
Dr. Wallace Mbugua - p/g - AZ 16
Dr. Wasambo Were - IBP s - AZ 19
Mr. Kariuki Banda - Kitui Campus
Dr. Murimi Gaita - Nakuru Campus
Dr. Mugo Muhia - Mombasa Campus
Dr. Ezekiel Kaigai - Kericho Campus

 School of Humanities Representatives

Dr. Waveney Olembo - SHSS Curriculum
Dr. Wallace Mbugua - SHSS Postgraduate

e-Learning Co-ordinator
Dr. O. M. Maina

Innovation Representative at CBIIC
Mr. Mark Chetambe

ISO Representative
Mr. Mark Chetambe

Outreach Representative
Dr. Wallace Mbugua

In Charge of Timetabling
Dr. O. M. Macharia

 

     A Brief history of the Department

The Department of Literature was established in 1975, as part of the Literature, Languages and Linguistics (LL and L) Department.  By 1976, Literature had expanded into a separate department, collaborating with its sister department at the University of Nairobi until 1985, when Kenyatta University became autonomous.

The “Literature in English” curriculum foregrounds African literature and oral literature, with the literatures from other parts of the world serving to enrich the programme.
Since its inception, the Literature Department has been a robust centre of excellence in literary studies, critical writing skills and practical production of literary works for the improvement of the human condition. Alumni of the Literature Department serve the nation creditably in the publishing industry, print and electronic media and in various strata of the education sector. The chairpersons who have served the department over the years read like a list of the ‘who is who’ in the world of performance, critical and fictional writing.These are:

  • Ciarunji Chesaina (1972-1977)
  • Leonard Kibera (1977-1980)
  • Jane Nandwa (1981-1985)
  • Francis Imbuga (1985-1988)
  • Nana Wilson Tagoe (1988-1992)
  • Waveney Olembo (1992-1996 and 2000-2002)
  • Nyambura Mpesha (1996-1998)
  • Arbogast Akidiva (1998-2000 and 2002-2004)
  • Oluoch Obura (2004-2007)
  • Ezekiel Alembi (2007-2008)
  • Michael Wainaina (2008-2009)
  • Kesero Tunai (2009-2010)
  • Mbugua Wa Mungai (2010-2014)
  • Esther Mbithi (current chair)

In recognition of the significance of literature in human development, a recent curriculum review has extended the possibilities for various types of creative expression and literary response to include gender studies and interdisciplinary courses.
Furthermore, apart from the traditional Ph.D by thesis programme, we now have a new programme leading to Ph.D by course work, examination and thesis.
These changes are designed to meet current industry needs by responding to the demanding interdisciplinary nature of the workplace in the twenty-first century.

 

On 13-06-2016, the department of Literature held a seminar in the literature resource centre. The presenter was Prof. Garvin Cologne-Brooks, a visiting scholar and creative writer from the United States. The seminar was attended by staff and post graduate students from the department.

   

 

Meeting with the External Examiner.
On 8/6/2017, the Department of literature Held a meeting with the external examiner. Dr. Joseph Muleka of the university of Nairobi

   

Seminar held on 4/5/2017: The Boer and his Gun:Homosexuality and Afrikaaner Masculinity in Mark Behr's 'Embrace.
The department of literature held a very lively seminar on 4/5/2017. The presenter was Dr. Kariuki Banda of Kitui Campus. The title of his presentation was "The Boer and his Gun:Homosexuality and Afrikaaner Masculinity in Mark Behr's 'Embrace.' " The session was chaired by Prof. Oluoch Obura and was well attended by the staff as well as postgraduate students of the department.

 


Colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino

"On 22nd December, 2016, the department of literature hosted a colloquium to celebrate 50 years since the publication of Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino. The colloquium was co-convened by Prof. Oluoch Obura, Dr. Esther Mbithi and Dr. Justus Makokha. It was officially opened by Prof. Vincent Onywera, and it attracted full house attendance by teaching staff and post-graduate students. . Speakers at the colloquium included the following:
1. Prof. Charles Nelson Okumu, Dean at the Gulu University in northern Uganda.
2. Prof. Catherine Ndungo (Kenyatta University)
3. Dr. Danson Kahyana (Makerere University)
4. Prof. Monica Mweseli (University of Nairobi)
5. Mr. Mark Chetambe (Kenyatta University).

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Literature Seminar

On 10/11/2016, the department of literature held a highly successful seminar in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Esther Mbithi, who is also the chair of the department. Her paper was titled, "When Many People Together Do One Small Thing Together'....A Reading of Unbowed:One Woman's Story. 


 

An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016
An academic staff seminar occurred in the Department of Literature on 13th October, 2016, 10.00am – 12 noon in the Resource Centre.The presenter was Prof. Miriam  Mara of Arizona State University.She is currently a Fulbright Scholar in the Literature Department.The paper she presented is entitled: HEROISM AND IRISH IDENTITY:SELF-STARVATION IN COLUM MC CANN'S HUNGER STRIKE.It was well received and instigated a lively debate at the well-attended forum. Dr. J.K.S. Makokha,who is the Seminars Committee Chairman, convened and moderated seminar.The following are some of the photos from the event. 


Seminar held on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre
The Department of Literature held a seminar on 15/09/2016 in the Literature Resource Centre. The presenter was Dr. Mbugua Wa Mungai. His paper was titled "Contigent Textualities:The Mobile Text."


Seminar for Staff and Postgraduate Students

On 23/07/2016, the department of literature had a seminar for staff and postgraduate students. The presenter was Dr. Anita Vrzima of the University of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Her paper was titled: The Sublime Politics of Art: Aesthetic Freedom and Political Freedom in Paul Beatty's "Slumberland". 

 

Department of Literature meeting with External Examiner

On 26/5/2016, the department of literature held a meeting with its external examiner, Dr. Joseph Muleka of the University of Nairobi

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Seminar in the Literature Resource Centre
On 12/05/2016,the literature department of Kenyatta University held a highly successful seminar in the Literature Resource Centre. The Seminar presenter was Dr. Benjamin Odhoji, a lecturer in the same department who is based at Nakuru Campus. His topic was "Jean Toomer and the Triadic Identity." The presentation elicited very exciting academic discussion.

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Seminar on 24/09/2015 at the BSSC

The department of literature held a very successful seminar on 24/09/2015 at the BSSC. Members of staff of the department as well as students attended. The presenter was Prof. Austin L. Bukenya of Makerere University. His topic was ‘ASPECTS OF COMPETENT LITERARY STUDY AND CRITICISM.’
Beside the paper presentation, there were also poetry recitations and readings from Prof. Bukenya’s latest play, A Hole in the Sky.

The International Poetry Exchange On August 4th 2015

The Literature Department Of Kenyatta University And The Moonlight Meet Of Poets Hosts The International Poetry Exchange
Theme:Poetry And Culture
Paper Presentations By:
1. Prof. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Usa)
2. Prof. Opal Palmer Adisa (Us Virgin Islands)

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First International Conference on Researching African Literatures in the 21st Century 

Theme: “Historiographies, Theories, Practices, and Methodologies”

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KENYATTA UNIVERSITYSCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF LITERATURE - SERVICE DELIVERY CHARTER

Activity/Service

Offered

Requirements

Responsible

officer

Timeline

Unit Registration

Registration forms

Assigned lecturer(s)

Immediately during registration days at the graduation square. Afterwards during the   hours and at the place posted on the department notice board. Closure date is announced by the university.

Interdepartmental transfers

Transfer forms obtained from your School

Chairman through the secretary

Within 24 hours.

Orientation into the department

Attendance

Chairman and academic staff

First week of class in first year, first semester.

Examination Result Queries

Print out of results slip; Missing marks form.

Department Examinations

Coordinator through the department secretary

One day to one week.

Clearance from the department

University Clearance Form

Chairman through the secretary

Immediately, during normal working hours.

Letters of recommendation/

introduction

Presentation of need, preferably in writing

Academic staff who knows the individual well enough/ has taught them.

Within 48 hours of receipt of request.

Issuance of course outlines

Presence in class

Unit coordinator/ lecturer on University Website

First day of class.

Issuance of department teaching time-table

----

Department Time-tabling Officer

Within 24 hours of receipt from University time-tabler.

Issuance of department examinations time-table

----

Department Examinations Coordinator

Within 24 hours of receipt from University time-tabler.

Provision of CAT grades

Timely submission of CAT work

Course lecturer/tutor

Minimum two weeks, depending on size of class and nature of assignment.

Posting of examination grades

Fulfilment of requirements

Course lecturer/tutor

Within deadline set by Registrar (Academic).

Processing of applications for postgraduate studies

Application forms from Registrar Academic

Chairman Postgraduate Studies Committee

Two (2) days

Scheduling of presentation of concept papers/research proposals

Receipt of concept paper/proposal (duly proofread and edited)

Secretary on behalf of Postgraduate Studies Committee

Periodically according to schedule of activities.

Issuing of minutes of proposal presentations to PG students

Receipt of the minutes after the presentations meeting

Secretary of the department

Two to three working days.

Guidance on registration of proposals

Two spiral bound copies of proposal signed by supervisor(s),fee statement, photocopy of minutes of defence meeting, filling of three copies of Proposal Tracking Instrument Form

Department secretary and Chairman of Department

One working day

Academic advising/

counseling

Student registration

Assigned academic advisors/course lecturers

Office hours as shown, by appointment or when available in office.

Use of Resource Centre facilities

Postgraduate student registration

Resource Centre , Chairman, Postgraduate Studies Committee through the Secretary

Normal working hours

Review of department curriculum

Syllabus documents

Curriculum committee and all staff. Suggestions from students considered.

Continuous

Supervision of post graduate theses

Registration; requests by students for guidance, assignment by department to supervisor(s)

Supervisor or other staff who can assist

As per agreed schedule between student and supervisor or upon request.

Supervision of undergraduate projects/creative writing

Course registration in ALT 206/ ALT 418.

Course lecturer.

As per agreed schedule or upon request.

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Dr. Esther Katheu Mbithi
Chairperson
Literature Department


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