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Issues In African Literature

Author : Charles E. Nnolim
ISBN : 9789788422365
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The multitudinous nature of African literature has always been an issue but really not a problem, although its oral base has been used by expatriate critics to accuse African literature of thin plots, superficial characterisation, and narrative structures. African literature also, it is observed, is a mixed grill: it is oral; it is written in vernacular or tribal tongues; written in foreign tongues English, French, Portuguese and within the foreign language in which it is written, pidgin and creole further bend the already bent language giving African literature a further taint of linguistic impurity. African literature further suffers from the nature of its "newness" and this created problems for the critic. Because it is new, and because its critics are in simultaneous existence with its writers, we confront the problem of "instant analysis". Issues in African Literature continues the debate and tries to clarify contemporary burning issues in African literature, by focussing on particular areas where the debate has been most concerned or around which it has hovered and been persistent.

African Literature

Author : Jonathan P. Smithe
ISBN : 1590332903
Genre : Literary Criticism
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African literature, like the continent itself is enormous and diverse. East Africa's literature is different from West Africa's which is quite different from South Africa's which has different influences on it than North Africa's. Africa's literature is based on a widespread heritage of oral literature, some of which has now been recorded. Arabic influence can be detected as well as European, especially French and English. Legends, myths, proverbs, riddles and folktales form the mother load of the oral literature. This book presents an overview of African literature as well as a comprehensive bibliography, primarily of English language sources. Accessed by subject, author and title indexes.

Selected Essays And Reviews On African Literature And Criticism

Author : Victor O. Aire
ISBN : IND:30000092666134
Genre : African literature
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Toward The Decolonization Of African Literature

Author : Chinweizu
ISBN : 0710301235
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"This is an interesting and original book which is a stinging critique of some of the dominant trends in contemporary African literature and literary criticism. The authors present their own views on African literature and on the African writer's responsibility to African society. They concretize their critique by highlighting the aims and techniques of such pan-African writers as Achebe, Senghar, Sembene, pBitek, Mazisi Kunena, Tutuola, Maran, Langston Hughes and Ngugi wa Thiong'o."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Marxism And African Literature

Author : Georg M. Gugelberger
ISBN : 0865430314
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Mapping Intersections

Author : African Literature Association
ISBN : 0865436347
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book takes on the challenge: What roles can and should African literature play in Africa's development? From a variety of critical stances and perspectives, the concepts of "literature" and of "development" are theorized, to include and extend beyond inherited concepts and boundaries in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and thus, to engage peoples' everyday life experiences. Approaches to the question of Africa's literature and its development range from African feminism or feminist practices, to the economics and politics of public access to knowledge, information and literature, to communication networks and use of African languages in national education policies. Twenty essays constitute the volume's four parts which focus on: -- Diverse conceptualizations of African literature and development -- Critical studies of specific writers' works, linking their artistic development with issues and events of social or political development -- A philosophical consideration of the development's relationship to literature -- Models of activist pedagogy in African literature The structure of this volume is encompassed by two roundtable transcriptions with writers and critics for whom African literature and Africa's development is part of a larger struggle to create new space in which to thrive and envision new life, inside and outside the academy.

Theory Of African Literature

Author : Chidi Amuta
ISBN : 0862325463
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This groundbreaking work, first published in 1989, was one of the first to challenge the conventional critical assessment of African literature, and remains highly influential today. Amuta's key argument is that African literature can be discussed only within the wider framework of the dismantling of colonial rule and Western hegemony in Africa. In exploring the possibility of a dialectical, alternative critical base, he draws upon both classical Marxist aesthetics and the theories of African culture espoused by Fanon, Cabral and Ngugi. From these explorations, Amuta derives a new language of criticism, which is then applied to works by modern African writers as diverse as Achebe, Ousmane, Agostinho Neto and Dennis Brutus. Amuta's highly original and innovative approach remains relevant not only for assessing the literature of developing countries, but for Marxist and postcolonial theories of literary criticism more generally. The author's elegance of argument and clarity of exposition makes this a distinguished and lasting contribution to debates around cultural expression in postcolonial Africa.

African Critics And African Literature

Author : Rand Bishop
ISBN : OCLC:8486940
Genre : African literature
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Contemporary African Literature And The Politics Of Gender

Author : Florence Stratton
ISBN : 9780415097703
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The influence of colonialism and race on the development of African literature has been the subject of a number of studies. The effect of patriarchy and gender, however, and indeed the contributions of African women, have up until now been largely ignored by the critics. "Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender" is the first extensive account of African literature from a feminist perspective. In this first radical and exciting work Florence Stratton outlines the features of an emerging female tradition in African fiction. A chapter is dedicated to each to the works of four women writers: Grace Ogot, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta and Mariama Ba. In addition she provides challenging new readings of canonical male authors such as Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo'o and Wole Soyinka. "Contemporary African" "Literature and the Politics of Gender" thus provides the first truly comprehensive definition of the current literary tradition in Africa.

Nwanyibu

Author : Phanuel Akubueze Egejuru
ISBN : 0865436185
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Negritude And Literary Criticism

Author : Belinda Elizabeth Jack
ISBN : UOM:39015037449561
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The first thorough study to consider the history of the criticism of "Negro-African" literature in French, exploring the complex relationship between how literatures are named and how they are evaluated.

Riddle And Bash

Author : Chinenye Ce
ISBN : 9789783503403
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The subsequent parts contain a look at new literatures and emerging tendencies in African writing, plus a chat on new Nigerian poetry and literary criticism. --

African Literature Today

Author : Eldred D. Jones
ISBN : 043518492X
Genre : African literature
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The Uncritically Critical

Author : Sam A. Adewoye
ISBN : IND:30000085287955
Genre : African literature
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Tongue And Mother Tongue

Author : African Literature Association. Meeting
ISBN : 0865439966
Genre : History
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Tongue and Mother Tongue takes on two compelling challenges: the language question and the place and role of the mother tongue in African literature. This collection is the culmination of the fierce, decades-old debate on the question of African literature and its criticism. The fourteen essays range from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives, covering the theoretical and ideological aspects of the language question, the nature of criticism, the influence of the oral tradition, critical analysis of mother tongue literature and textual analyses.

Eco Critical Literature

Author : Ogaga Okuyade
ISBN : 9780979085888
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Eco-Critical Literature: Regreening African Landscapescritically examines the representations, constructions, and imaginings of the relationship between the human and non-human worlds in contemporary African literature and culture. It offers innovative, incisive, and critical perspectives on the importance of sustaining a symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. The book thus carries African scholarship beyond the mere analysis of themes and style to ethical and activist roles of literature having an impact on readers and the public. It is a scholarship geared towards rectifying ecological imbalance that is prevalent in many parts of the continent that forms the setting, context, and thematic discourse of the works or authors studied in this book. Besides sensitizing the African readership to the need for the restoration of harmony between man and the environment, this book equally aims to further familiarize scholars and students working on African literature and culture with the theoretical concerns of eco-criticism.

Reading Contemporary African Literature

Author : Reuben Makayiko Chirambo
ISBN : 9789401209373
Genre : History
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Reading Contemporary African Literature brings together scholarship on, critical debates about, and examples of reading African literature in all genres – poetry, fiction, and drama including popular culture. The anthology offers studies of African literature from interdisciplinary perspectives that employ sociological, historical, and ethnographic besides literary analysis of the literatures. It has assembled critical and researched essays on a range of topics, theoretical and empirical, by renowned critics and theorists of African literature that evaluate and provide examples of reading African literature that should be of interest to academics, researchers, and students of African literature, culture, and history amongst other subjects. Some of the essays examine authors that have received little or no attention to date in books on recent African literature. These essays provide new insights and scholarship that should broaden and deepen our understanding and appreciation of African literature.

African Critics And African Literature

Author : Rand Bishop
ISBN : OCLC:1076454495
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Remapping African Literature

Author : Olabode Ibironke
ISBN : 9783319692968
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is an exploration of the material conditions of the production of African literature. Drawing on the archives of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, it highlights the procedures, relationships, demands, ideologies, and counterpressures engendered by the publication of three major authors: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiongo. As a study of the history and techniques of African literary texts, this book advances a theory of reciprocity of effects - what it terms 'auto-heteronomy' - to describe the dynamic of formalist activism by which texts anticipate and shape the forces of literary production in advance. It serves as a departure from the 'death of the author' thesis by reconsidering the role of the author in African literature and culture industry, as well as the influence of African publics on writers’ aesthetic choices, and on the overall processes of production. This work is a major contribution to African literary history, literary criticism, and book history.

Visions And Revisions

Author : Oyekan Owomoyela
ISBN : UVA:X002048461
Genre : Drama
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The book addresses some of the major issues around which debate has swirled and still swirls in African literatures and criticism. It discusses the role of non-African critics and their sometimes problematic relationships with African writers, while also examining the attitudes of African writers themselves towards their societies. It questions some of the assumptions that have been made about the origin and development of theater on the continent, and its relationship to African traditions. It also focuses on the applicability of certain Western ideas in African contexts.

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