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.
The year 1993 marked the quincentennial of Colombus’ voyage to Guadeloupe. Rather than engage entrenched notions of “discovery,” ALA members were especially mindful of the coerced movement of millions of Africans through the Middle Passage and their forced entry into brutal servitude in the Americas.
This collection of essays aims at introducing students of African literature to the heritage of the African prose narrative starting from its oral base and covering its linguistic and cultural diversity. The book brings together essays on both the classics and the relatively new in all subgenres of the African prose narrative, including the traditional epic, the novel, the short story, and the autobiography. The chapters are arranged according tothe respective thematic paradigms under which the discussed works fall.
June Bobb explores the different ways the Anglophone Caribbean's most important poets engage in rewriting history and re-conceiving a visionary world in which it becomes possible to reconnect the fragments of a past destroyed or denied by the Caribbean's confrontation with the institutions of slavery and colonization. In exploring common links as well as differences between Braithwaite and Walcott, and looking at their engagement with mythology of the Caribbean's African experience, the author of this study identifies their contribution to the development of modern Caribbean poetics.
The four plays in this book bring together aspects of American history and culture that dramatize the presence and contributions of Africans and African Americans in the shaping of the United States. Written for performance by junior and high school youth, the plays introduce students to The Middle Passage, The Antebellum South, Slave Revolts in 19th century America, Reconstruction & The Jim Crow Era, Lynching, Folktales of The Deep South, and The Harlem Renaissance.
This is a full-length study of Kenule Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni Minority and Human Rights activist who was judicially murdered on November 10, 1995. One remarkable feature of the essays selected for this volume is the intensity of each contributor's voice to the very controversial man whose judicial murder has come to signify the extent of misrule in Nigeria.
In this follow-up to his first volume, "On Black Culture," Femi Ojo-Ade continues his in-depth explication and exploration of black essence and experience, primarily through literature, as well as through socio-political events and personal actions and interactions. He discusses a broad range of themes, based upon the works of prominent writers of Africa and the African Diaspora. From Ama Ata Aidoo, Micere Mugo, Miriam Tlali, Aminata Sow Fall, Michele Lacrosil, Aline Franca, and Nikki Giovanni to Abdias do Nascimento, Nicolas Guillen, Leon-Gontran Damas, W.E.B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, and Marcus Garvey, Ojo-Ade analyzes various sites where black continues to suffer from the opprobrium of racism and to be a symbol of inferiority.
The central theme of this important collection of essays is inspired by the belief that given the severity of the current crisis of life for African peoples, and given the intuitive and cultivated ability of the creative artist to monitor and accurately capture the complexities of any human institution, close attention to the world of African and African-heritage writers should provide not only important insights into various dimensions of the problem, but also and perhaps even more crucial, subtle but reliable pointers to probable solutions. More than any other group of people, it is perhaps to the artists we must turn for a creative but timely realizable version of the future.