African Literatures and Beyond
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This tribute collection reflects the wide range and diversity of James Gibbs’s academic interests. The focus is on Africa, but comparative studies of other literatures also receive attention. Fiction, drama, and poetry by writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ireland, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed alongside significant missionaries, scientists, performers, and scholars. The writers discussed include Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Okot p’Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli–Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. Other essays treat the black presence in Ireland, anonymous rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller in the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary scholar and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi are also included. Also offered are poems by Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, short stories by Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, plays by Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic reading of a script written and co-performed by James Gibbs.
Table of Contents Preface Introduction West Africa Mpalive–Hangson Msiska: Cultural Studies, Power, and the Idea of the Hegemonic in Wole Soyinka’s Works Sola Adeyemi: Interpreting the Interpreters: The Narratives of the Postcolony in Wole Soyinka’s The Interpreters Awo Mana Asiedu: The Enduring Relevance of Kobina Sekyi’s The Blinkards in Twenty-First-Century Ghana Eustace Palmer: The Agony and the Ecstasy: Sierra Leonean Dramatists’ Confrontation with the Sierra Leonean Landscape Gareth Griffiths: The Reverend Joseph Jackson Fuller: A ‘Native’ Evangelist and ‘Black’ Identity in the Cameroons Eastern and Central Africa Jane Plastow: A Modest Plant, Easily Crushed: Radio Drama in Blin, Eritrea Pia Thielmann: Through Determination to Happiness? Eastern African Slavery in Life and Literature Geoffrey V. Davis: “Shine your light, Zimbabwe” South Africa Chris Dunton: From Mqhayi to Sole: Four Poems on the Sinking of the Troopship Mendi Raoul J. Granqvist: Fieldwork as Translation: Linnaeus’ Apostle Anders Sparrman and the Hottentot Perspective Elsewhere Kofi Anyidoho: Orality and Performance: A Source of Pan-African Social Self C.L. Innes and Gordon Collier: Africans and Ireland: History, Society, and the Black Nexus Bernth Lindfors: Ira Aldridge in Stockholm Anne Adams: “Who’ll get my library after I’m gone?” An Interview with the Septuagenarian Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael Christine Matzke: Into the Heart of Whiteness: Performing African Moon in Krefeld: Gabriel Gbadamosi in Conversation Eckhard Breitinger: Von Jenseits des Meeres: Romantic and Revolutionary Visions of Caribbean History Leif Lorentzon: “But it will have to be a new English”: A Comparative Discussion of the ‘Nativization’ of English Among Afro- and Indo-English Authors Journals James Currey and Lynn Taylor: African Literature Today and African Theatre: The James Gibbs Connection Poetry, Fiction, Drama Kofi Anyidoho: He Spoke Truth – Q u i e t l y Jack Mapanje: The Carwash, Clifton Moor, York (for James & Patience) Charles R. Larson: Crosscut Robert Fraser : Kariba’s Last Stand Femi Osofisan: Odùduwà, Don’t Go! A One-Act Play Martin Banham: Mosquito! Or, Addition, Vernacular, or Rat? A Railway for Freetown C.L. Innes: James Gibbs’s Pinteresque Diversion Notes on Contributors
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