Issues in African Literature

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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The multitudinous nature of African literature has always been an issue but really not a problem, although its oral base has been used by expatriate critics to accuse African literature of thin plots, superficial characterisation, and narrative structures. African literature also, it is observed, is a mixed grill: it is oral; it is written in vernacular or tribal tongues; written in foreign tongues English, French, Portuguese and within the foreign language in which it is written, pidgin and creole further bend the already bent language giving African literature a further taint of linguistic impurity. African literature further suffers from the nature of its "newness" and this created problems for the critic. Because it is new, and because its critics are in simultaneous existence with its writers, we confront the problem of "instant analysis". Issues in African Literature continues the debate and tries to clarify contemporary burning issues in African literature, by focussing on particular areas where the debate has been most concerned or around which it has hovered and been persistent.
  

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Contents

1 A source for Arrow of God
1
2 Trends in the criticism of African literature
31
3 Utopian literature and the African world view
45
4 Politics in the West African novel
61
5 The Nigerian tradition in the novel
69
6 Prolegomena to a definition of the African aesthetic in literature
85
feminism in African iterature
113
8 Achebes tragic heroes
127
11 Moral values in the Nigerian novel
159
a mythic interpretation of the archetypes
169
example of John Munonye
181
the scandalous path
195
15 Contemporary Nigerian fiction
205
16 The writer as patriot
219
Epilogue
231
Index
243

cultures hum and buzz of social implications
137
the challenge of the 1980s
149
Back cover
259
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