This book explores the emergence of the award-winning Niyi Osundare, a modern Nigerian poet. It examines how Osundare started in Ikere-Ekiti as a “farmer-born, peasant-bred” oral singer to becoming one of the world’s most celebrated African poets. Osundare has won the Association of Nigerian Authors Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Award, the Japanese sponsored Noma Award, and the Folon-Nichols award. He also accepted a Honoris Causa of the prestigious Université de Toulouse le Mirial in France.
This anthology features the works of scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America, bringing together some of the many readings that Farah’s voices have evoked. In its variety and complexity of responses, the volume pays tribute to Farah’s versatility as a writer and to the multidimensionality of his work.
This collection of essays devoted to Dangarembga reflects the wide variety of readers it has attracted: those interested in questions of gender, nationalism, Postcolonialism, public health, systems of education, African Literature; or more narrowly, readers interested in Zimbabwean Literature and cultural production in neocolonial Africa.
Emerging Perspectives On Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa honors the celebrated Mozambican writer, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, who was awarded the 2007 José Craveirinha Prize for his Os Sobreviventes da Noite (Survivors of the Night). Recipient of the Grand Prize for Mozambican Literature in 1990 for Ualalapi which was also selected as one of the 100 best African books of the 20th century, Ba Ka Khosa occupies a significant place in contemporary Mozambican and African letters.
This collection of essays brings together new and exciting research on Yvonne Vera, one of Zimbabwe’s most influential writers. Vera’s landmark fiction explores subjects previously considered taboo such as incest, abortion, and infanticide. It also re-presents her country’s troubled past from the perspectives of ordinary people rather than official history-makers and politicians. The essays range widely across Vera's work including her five novels, her short fiction and her edited anthology of women’s writing.
Excising the Spirit seeks to complicate the issue of female circumcision and analyze it from both “within” and “outside” the ritual community, by investigating not only Walker’s text, but three other texts written much earlier than Walker’s, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s The River Between and Flora Nwapa’sEfuru and her unpublished manuscript, The Lake Goddess. This analysis also includes the text, Do They Hear You When You Cry?, by Fauziya Kassinjda, who seems to step literally out of Alice Walker’s novel into flesh and blood as a detainee of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. Each of the texts offers a very specific insight into the complexity of the cultural, political, and social issues related to female circumcision, and how each of the novelists grapple with these complexities.
The correlation between the sensibility and the environment of an artist has been pivotal to critical debate for centuries and will continue to be so as long as the creative impulse and its expression remains an inexorable fact of life. This book makes its own peculiar contribution to the debate in the context of a comparative study of the theater of W.B. Yeats and Wole Soyinka, prominent artists from quite different environments and time frames, with reference to their major plays. It argues that when faced with particularized national experiences, both artists adopted similar as well as contrasting approaches to expressing their reaction.
This important new work on Kamau Brathwaite includes work on and inspired by the subject, recognizing the power and influence of his poetry and other creative work, historical research and cultural and literary criticism. Brathwaite is recognized as an institution in Caribbean culture and an inspiration for two generations of creative writers, cultural thinkers and historical scholars. In this spirit, this collection includes major new essays on Brathwaite's creative writing, new poetry and fiction by writers reflecting on his influential importance in their work, new historiographical research and commentary echoing his preoccupations and setting Brathwaite himself in this context, and three memoirs by major Caribbean figures close to him.