Gordon Collier

Spheres Public and Private

Western Genres in African Literature

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    Edité par Gordon Collier
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    The coverage displayed here is predominantly on sub-Saharan literary production, and with a – perhaps systemic – focus on important aspects of political history and socio-political structures (including marxian analyses of the ‘public sphere’) and such crucial arenas as religious discipline, the tension between tradition and modernity, ecological awareness, family, and gender. Most of the discussions are traditionally content-oriented, but there are at least two essays (on Soyinka’s Aké and on Amma Darko’s The Housemaid) that attempt to come to grips narratologically with the medium of prose fiction itself. A quartet of essays with a more general purview – including a refreshing demontage of exclusive obeisance to (Western) écriture – is followed by a section on poets, some canonical, others emergent: Ogaga Ifowodo, Jack Mapanje, Olu Oguibe, Tanure Ojaide, Okot p’Bitek, Wole Soyinka, Ladé Wosornu. Essays on fiction cover general topics (women’s fiction; political writing in Nigeria; the nightmare of Biafra), and landmark texts both anglophone (Chinua Achebe, Amma Darko, Festus Iyayi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka), francophone (Mariama Bâ, Mongo Beti, and Ousmane Sembène), and – a novum for Matatu – hispanophone (Donato Ndongo). The theatre section has essays on Ama Ata Aidoo, Zakes Mda, Anne Tanyi–Tang, Soyinka, and Ahmed Yerima, as well as Ngugi and Mugo. We are especially pleased to be able to offer accomplished original poetry, short stories, and a complete drama text. Four comprehensive essay-reviews (on literary criticism, cinema, graphic art, and traditional African society) round out this issue.

    Table of Contents The Editor: Prefatory Note Overviews Wumi Raji: Imagined Transformation: Notes on a Postcolonialism of African Literature Sola Afolayan: African Literature: A Showcase for Africa’s Leadership Problems Nelson O. Fashina: Lit-Orature Development, World Peace, and the Challenges of Literary Theory/Criticism Arinpe Adejumo: Thematization and Perspectivization of Conflict in Selected Yorùbá Literary Genres Poetry Udu Yakubu: Paths of Revolutionary Contestation: Wole Soyinka’s Poetry and the Dialectic of Liberal Humanism Sule E. Egya: The Aesthetic of Rage in Recent Nigerian Poetry in English: Olu Oguibe and Ogaga Ifowodo Ogaga Okuyade: The Cumulative Neglect of Collective Responsibility: Postcoloniality, Ecology and the Niger Deltascape in the Poetry of Tanure Ojaide Reuben Makayiko Chirambo: “Vipers Who Minute Our Twitches”: Psychopaths That Served Banda’s Malawian Dictatorship in Jack Mapanje’s Prison Poetry Gordon S.K. Adisa: Bringing Hinduism to Bear on the Ghanaian Situation: Ladé Wosornu’s Artistry as a Call for Spiritual Renewal Kenneth Usongo: Cultural Identity and Literature: A Study of Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino Fiction Augustine H. Asaah: Towards the Retrieval of the Lost Voice: Contestation and Reclamation of Discourse in Half a Century of African Women’s Europhone Fiction Ayo Kehinde: Rulers Against Writers, Writers Against Rulers: The Failed Promise of the Public Sphere in Postcolonial Nigerian Fiction Françoise Ugochukwu: A Lingering Nightmare: Achebe, Ofoegbu, and Adichie on Biafra Babatunde Ayeleru: Where is the Text? Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Akin Odebunmi & K.K. Olaniyan: Perspectivization in Fiction: A Deictic Study of Wole Soyinka’s Aké Jude Agho & Ayodele Bamidele: On the Threshold of Combat Poetics: The Novels of Festus Iyayi Senayon Olaoluwa: Contentious Absolutism: The Public Sphere and the Imperative of Circumvention in Ngugi’s Wizard of the Crow Nick Mdika Tembo: Subversion and the Carnivalesque: Images of Resistance in Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow Joseph Nsiah & Charles Marfo: What’s In a Title? A Reading of Amma Darko’s The Housemaid Tracey Watts: The Problems of Perspective in Mongo Beti’s The Poor Christ of Bomba Ode Ogede: Epistolarity as Ethnography of Rebellion (or Alienation): Western Education and Its After-Effects on the Female Subject in Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter Masood Ashraf Raja: Ousmane Sembène’s God’s Bits of Wood: The Anatomy of a Strike and the Ideologeme of Solidarity Lifongo Vetinde: Sex, Power, and Community in Ousmane Sembène’s Véhi-Ciosane Joanna Boampong: Contesting the Religious Civilizing Mission of Empire in Hispanophone African Literature Theatre Mabel I.E. Evwierhoma: Pastoral Verbal Performance and Visual Aesthetics: Brother Jero’s Cape as Sign Wumi Raji: “Not a girl to meet every day”: Feminist Identity Transformation in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa Ademola O. Dasylva: Playing With History, Playing With Words: Ngugi and Mugo’s The Trial of Dedan Kimathi Kola Eke: The ‘Inside’ Wife and the ‘Outside’ Wives in Ahmed Yerima’s The Sisters Emmanuel N. Ngwang: Arrah’s Existential Dilemma: A Study of Anne Tanyi–Tang’s Arrah Busuyi Mekusi: Sameness Within Difference: Blurring ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ – Liminality in Zakes Mda’s The Bells of Amersfoort Creative Writing Sam Raiti Mtamba: Areas of Shade, Areas of Darkness: Poems and Stories Edgar Lake: Tribute to Salih Tracie Utoh–Ezeajugh: Out of the Masks – A Play Reviews Ayo Kehinde: A Literary Critic’s Appraisal Brian C. Smithson: An Overlooked Medium Cristina Boscolo: Rekindling Memory Izuu Nwankwo: An Alternative Cinema for the People Books Received Biographical Notes Notes for Contributors

    Livre Relié
    Date de parution 2011-10-31
    Nbr Pages Rom X
    Nbr Pages Arabes 712
    Collection Matatu - Journal for African Culture and Society
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3375-7
    Type Nom