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ART 286: Intro to African Art


Entries must be in alphabetical order by author’s last name, with full names of authors and COMPLETE publication information. They should be SINGLE SPACED, WITH DOUBLE SPACES BETWEEN. DO NOT NUMBER THEM. The two entries you read should be followed by a brief annotation—that is, a sentence or two that discusses the usefulness of the book to your research.

Examples that illustrate standard bibliographic information in the format for your assignment, as well as sample annotations:

BOOK:  Burns, Allan. Memories of Nigeria. London: Grove Press, 1923.

                       This book included useful colonial descriptions of Nupe houses and doors with personal observations of how these varied according to the owners’ status.

ARTICLE:  Jones, Araminda. “Nupe wall decoration.” Nigeria Magazine 4 (4, 1948): 1-8.

                    This article had very little text, but included the best selection of photos I was able to find.  It also mentioned how traditional paints were made.

CHAPTER in an anthology:  Ndagi, Amadu. “My Grandmother’s House.” In African Reminiscences, pp. 12-25. Ed. Pam Davis. Berlin: Nachtigel, 1999. 

                  This wonderful narrative included an elderly Nupe woman’s description of how her husband built her home when she was a newlywed, and how she wanted it furnished and decorated. Personal reminiscence that brought objects like the stools and pots alive.