This book focuses on the first works produced by three talented West Africans who felt an urge to express themselves in print. These creative individuals were pioneers in a literary movement that gathered force and swept across Africa with remarkable speed in the latter half of the twentieth century, producing distinctive national literatures in new nation states that were in the process of freeing themselves from the legacy of colonial rule. Writers such as these helped to shape and reinforce that movement toward self-definition by creating works that were indisputably African
This book provides debates and representations of society to be found in the works of Akínwùmi Ìsòlá, one of the leading contemporary writers in African-language. His numerous creative works have received national and international attention, and many of them have been translated into other languages and adapted as scripts and texts for plays and films. His imagination, vision, and craft distinguish him as a creative writer of the very first rank and one of the few literary scholars that Nigeria has produced.
This ambitious and comprehensive volume of essays, edited by two committed scholars, mirrors a collection of insights, analyses and approaches to the works by Ghana's foremost woman writer, who has prevailed for over thirty years on the African literature scene by her sheer tenacity of purpose and the freshness of her writing. Ama Ata Aidoo comes across as a sturdy, well-rounded, dignified and reputable writer of world class, not only in the originality, complexity and sophistication of her thoughts, but also in the diversity of the possibilities in her writing. Students of cultural politics, international relations, women's studies, history and African studies will find this anthology a compelling resource.
This concise text explores an encounter between the real and the imaginary in Aminata Sow Fall’s oeuvre in which neither term is quite distinct from the other, yet maps a new possibility in human endeavor well beyond the target audience of undergraduate and graduate students to general readers with interest in realism, fantasy, and the esoteric. The contributors include Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, Lucy M. Schwartz, Kahiudi C. Mabana, Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier, Mame S. Diouf Ndiaye, Marco D. Roman, and Léa Kalaora.
This long-awaited anthology covers new thoughts and theories on the eminent and controversial writer, Bessie Head. Ever since her death in 1986, at the early age of forty-nine, Head has continued to capture our political, historical, and social imagination. This anthology contains current research and opinions being discussed worldwide, including new scholarship emerging from four continents, Africa, Asia, Europe, and America.
"[This] is an ambitious, much needed collection of essays, focusing on Nigeria's most prolific novelist... [T]he sophisticated readings... [and] theoretical analyses at the cutting edge of African feminist studies... will be invaluable as a tool in teaching Emechta at the undergraduate and graduate levels... [and] a compelling read for anybody interested in African literature... and Women's Studies." -Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi, Sarah Lawrence College
Some critical anthologies have been published on Achebe’s fiction at various stages of Achebe’s writing, but OMENKA is the first work of criticism in the 21st century which covers all of Chinua Achebe’s fictional writings up to the end of the 20th century. It is a compendium of 37 essays by eminent scholars from Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States. The essays provide global perspectives of Chinua Achebe as an artist with a proper sense of history and an imaginative writer with an inviolable sense of cultural mission and political commitment.
In these essays, literary scholars from various parts of the world, attempt dynamically to assess and establish how much Chinua Achebe’s extra fictional ideas about African Literature or Literature in general, are justified in his own creative works. ISINKA is thus a logical sequel to OMENKA which examined the dimensions of Chinua Achebe’s achievements as Africa’s leading novelist of the 20th century...