This selection of essays fairly represents the geographic and thematic range of presentations at the millennial conference of the African Literature Association (ALA) in Lawrence, Kansas, which explored enduring themes and new directions in African and African Diaspora literatures...
The field of African literary and cultural studies is undergoing significant transformations, in tandem with changes in related academic disciplines and throughout the world at large.The theme of this volume, “African Diasporas:Ancestors, Migrations and Boundaries,” at once encourages further exploration of issues that have long been central in scholarship on literature and orature while at the same time forging new ways of conceiving the relationship between African cultures of the past and the present, and their ongoing reconfiguration in a range of diasporic communities that are continually reinventing themselves.
These essays explore the condition of African women, focusing on what one-contributor describes as "the discourses of colonialism and sexism (as) sites where gender, sexuality, race and power constructions intersect."
This publication is the result of an historic event: the first annual meeting of the African Literature Association (ALA) on African soil. The 15th meeting of the ALA took place in Dakar, Senegai from march 20-23, 1989. The diversity of the papers presented in Dakar are compiled here under four major headings...
The notion of an African cultural community across ethnic, national, and geographical boundaries has persisted in the imagination of writers, artists, and intellectuals. This idea has been reinforced by the migration of writers of African descent across frontiers of land and language. The very terms African and Pan-African remain sites of intellectual contention, generating a variety of political, literary, and cultural interpretations and ideological positions.
The ten articles on African literature in this collection were chosen from the 1995 conference of the African Literature Association held in Columbus, Ohio. The theme of that conference, "The Post-Colonial Condition of African Literature," has been broadly interpreted in both practical and theoretical ways by our writers. Most of them simply use the phrase "Post-colonial" to refer to contemporary writings in Africa and the African diaspora.
This volume of essays covers all phases and geographical areas of African Literature, including lesser known areas such oral literature, literature written in African language and Lusophone writing. The more studied Francophone and Anglophone literatures are well presented, as are North Africa and the Caribbean. The newest developments in South African theater are described and commented. Two articles on African film are included.
The twenty-third annual conference of the African Literature Association was a celebration of African cinema, in recognition of which it received the title, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, FESPACO Nights in Michigan. Among those filmmakers who attended the conference were Salem Mekuria, Ngozi Onwrah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Bassek ba Kobhio, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Francois Woukoache, Djibril Diop Mambety, Assia Djebar, Gaston kabore, Ola Balogun, John Akomgrah. The selected papers from that conference that appear in this volume constitute a tribute to the creative film-making that has distinguished African cinema since independence.