African Horizons: The Landscapes of African Fiction

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Greenwood Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 123 pages
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As non-African writers have created images of Africa that suit their own needs, African writers have countered these images with African landscapes that emphasize the landmarks and horizons that are significant for Africans. In this volume, Loflin explores the importance of landscape description in African fiction, arguing that discussion of landscape can reveal the geographic, religious, political, and social boundaries of the text. In her analysis, Loflin examines themes of nationalism and ethnic identity, showing how the question of landscape is further complicated when writers in forced or voluntary exile from their native countries reconfigure their relationship to the landscape of Africa.

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CHRISTINE LOFLIN is Assistant Professor of English at Emory University. She has taught at Grinell College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Allegheny College, and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She has published articles on Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Flora Nwapa, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Caribbean Literatures.

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