African Literature as Political Philosophy

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Zed Books, Jul 15, 2007 - Philosophy - 218 pages
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This book looks in particular at Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, but situates these within the broader context of developments in African literature over the past half-century, discussing writers from Ayi Kwei Armah to Wole Soyinka. M.S.C. Okolo provides a thorough analysis of the authors' differing approaches and how these emerge from the literature. Okolo argues that these authors have been profoundly affected by the political situation of Africa, but have also helped to create a new African political philosophy.

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Contents

Achebes reformist agenda in Anthills of the Savannah
78
Ngugis Marxist aesthetics
98
Achebe and Ngugi on the African condition
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M.S.C. Okolo was educated at the University of Calabar, and then at the University of Ibadan where she received her Ph.D in Philosophy. She also has a PG.D in Public Relations. A Civitella Ranieri Fellow, she is the author of Winds on my Mind, Leaps of Faith and has contributed to many short stories and poetry anthologies. Her short story Those Days won a Liberty Bank Merchant Prize. Her Ph.D thesis won the CODESRIA Doctoral Prize, 2005.

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