African Literature in French: A History of Creative Writing in French from West and Equatorial Africa

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CUP Archive, Nov 18, 1976 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 348 pages
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This 1976 book provides both a historical survey and a critical analysis of the literature in French from West and Equatorial Africa. Professor Blair begins by discussing the social, educational and political influences which led to the formation of the Negritude movement and to a flowering of French-African creative writing. This historical approach is then complemented by a study of the different literary genres. She traces the evolution of the first manifestations of literary activity in French by African writers, the written folk-tale, fable and short story, from the oral tradition of the indigenous culture, and the eventual appearance of the novel with a legendary or historical theme. The origins of French-African drama are considered for the first time, and the work of the minor poets analysed. Finally, Professor Blair attempts a definition of the French-African novel, and studies examples from three major periods from the 1930s onwards.
 

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This artical is so special because it takes me on historical jorney.

Contents

THE TRANSITION FROM YESTERDAY TO TODAY
24
The rearguard and the decline of the folktale
61
The historical novel
73
DRAMATIC LITERATURE
84
Alboury
110
from negritude
143
THE AFRICAN NOVELIST AND THE NEGROAFRICAN NOVEL
181
Conclusion
316
Bibliographical notes
324
Index
340
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