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.
Beyond the Canebrakes: Caribbean Women Writers in Canada is a text of fifteen essays and two interviews that examine the work of West Indian women writers living in Canada. The essays examine the work of literary artists—Claire Harris, Olive Senior, Lillian Allen, Afua Cooper, Dionne Brand, M. Nourbese Philip, Nalo Hopkinson, Pamela Mordecai, and Makeda Silvera— as an integral not marginal element of the Canadian and world literature canons
Blackness and the Adventure of Western Culture includes stimulating essays on James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright and William Faulkner as well as a primer on the Harlem renaissance.The late Dr. Kent has conjured up the complex essence of Black folk history and applied and analyzed that history as a creative motive for the Black writer. His critical perspective is that of the Black Aesthetic; he draws from the ideologies of Franz Fanon and historical conditions to bring forth a brilliant analysis of the most influential 20th century Black writers.
In Borderline Movements in African Fiction, Losambe uses African fiction to test the validity and relevance of critical assumptions made by postcolonial African metatheorists--nativists, assimilationists and syncretists-- as they try to define African subjectivity and derive an immanent African epistemological order from it.
Camel Tracks is a new volume of critical essays on the francophone literatures of countries in the African Sahel, which includes large parts of countries that lie south of the Sahara desert. Too often defined as a geographical space (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Senegal), the Sahel is uniquely examined in this collection as a zone of literary creativity.
Changing Currents: Transnational Caribbean Literary and Cultural Criticism is a groundbreaking text of fifteen essays that present new modes of access for, as well as alternative meanings to, a number of well-known and not so well-known literary works, authors, and cultural aspects of the English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean.
Born in Ogidi, southeastern Nigeria, on November 16, 1940, Chinua Achebe has become one of the world’s leading fiction writers. He is a fascinating writer, whose life is of the stuff that makes fiction. Growing up in the cultural crossroads of colonial Nigeria, he lived and mediated in a world in which his people moved between allegiance to traditional Igbo beliefs and values and those introduced by the British colonialism, particularly Anglican Christianity under the Church Missionary Society.
As an award-winning creative writer, Ojo-Ade also reflects upon his art from the vantage point of a committed African encountering the implacable West. With his usual forthrightness and integrity, he challenges himself and others to face the facts of cultural imperialism, and to engage in the process of re-valuation of Self and Society so that Africa’s children the world over may regain their humanity.