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This demand was based on the fact that although the Department taught Literature in the English language, it paid little attention to African literature. This demand was also an argument against the colonizing tendencies that such an Anglo-centric curriculum carried. When eventually the Department was renamed as The Department of Literature, it set the pace for the recognition and study of African literature within Faculties of Arts across Africa, and the rest of the world. The new department incorporated the Sub-Department of French.   The Sub-Department of French was mandated to teach French and Literature in French, while the parent Department was commissioned to teach literature in English.
The parent department has two programmes: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education.  Further, it publishes two literary journals: a creative one called Mwangaza (ISSN 1814-2753) and a scholarly one called The Nairobi journal of Literature (ISSN 1814-1706).


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