African Literature: Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview

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African Books Collective, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
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How do we resolve the insider/outsider interpreting conundrum? Why do readers from different parts of the world read, interpret, or understand foreign literatures the way they do? What drives peculiar critical reactions, canon formations and such issues which determine the survival of cultural productions or their continued adoption as useful bolsters for a people's self-definition or indeed self-preservation and self-determination? African Literature: Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview offers a series of fresh insights into most of the old "problematics" which used to sustain the interpretations of African literature, especially by women. Students, scholars, and general readers wishing to consider issues of gender in relation to African cultural and socioeconomic systems and what Salami-Boukari interrogates and names as an "African worldview," will find the interdisciplinary discussion of historical analyses, literary criticism and gender discourses a useful method for engaging contemporary African perspectives.
 

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Contents

PART TWO Sociocultural Issues in Igbo Society
13
PART THREE Religion in African Literature Implications for Todays Society
75
PART FOUR Character Depictions
117
Critical Comparative Perspectives
133
PART SIX Reflection on Arts and Womens Activism
195
Discussion Essay Questions
217
Endnotes
227
Bibliography
229
Index
239
Back cover
245
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