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...
The Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera, was regarded by some as mad and by others as a genius. Today, ten years after his death, his international reputation continues to grow not only as one of the most innovative writers Africa has produced but as an important voice in twentieth-century literature. This new book is the first collection of critical essays devoted entirely to Marechera. Flora Veit-Wild and Anthony Chennells have brought together the work of scholars from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria, Germany and England to show the complextiy and variety of responses which Marechera's writing evokes.
This anthology presents the most comprehensive and up to date critical works on the creative ingenuity of Femi Osofisan, one of the most prolific contemporary African writers. As shown in many of the essays in the volume, Osofisan’s creative works are highly original, innovative, ingenious, and pleasing. The contributors are a distinguished set of literary scholars who have drawn on years of experience and research to present remarkable ideas and original interpretations of the over fifty plays, four works of fiction, four collections of poetry, and two
"[T]his volume presents a well-rounded portrayal of Flora Nwapa... as 'a complex figure and private, dignified individual'... [T]he discovery of the contributors... mirror[s] Flora Nwapa's dual commitment to international sisterhood and cultural nationalism." -Nina Mba
"I warmly commend Marie Umeh and Africa World Press... for putting out the most comprehensive and informative study ever published so far on Flora Nwapa. ...[T]he ideas in her writing are universal and timeless..." -Chukwuemeka Ike
"The present volume comprises fourteen chapters, an interview, testimonies, and an extensive works cited section. It touches on the wide range of feminist, postcolonial, and literary issues raised in her novels, issues addressed with a broad set of theoretical approaches. At the core of Bugul’s literary oeuvre, and of these essays, is an underlying ethical concern over the nature of the social fabric especially as it bears on the lives of women in Senegalese society. The collection represents a significant engagement with a major writer, one whose will to speak out has marked her generation.”
- Kenneth W. Harrow, Department of English, Michigan State University, Author of Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women’s Writing
Inspired by Mariama Bâ's life and creative work, this volume celebrates her life and art. She is the winner of the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Bâ's creative work is sparse, given her relatively short life, but compact, vivid, and dense. A long and complete bibliography of the vibrant critical reception of Bâ’s writings, put together by Renée Larrier, bears testimony to their status, depth, and canonical dimensions. There is practically no school curriculum in the United States that does not feature Bâ's texts either in the original French version or in the English translation.
Emerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé: A Writer of Her Own brings together for the first time a collection of essays in English about the novels of this contemporary Caribbean literary and cultural figure. The editors’ critical introduction situates Condé’s work within larger political and theoretical discussions about writing by women, writing from the African diaspora, and global literature.