Literature of Africa

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 204 pages
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As more works of African Literature are being incorporated into the Language Arts and Cultural Studies curriculum, it becomes increasingly important to offer students and educators a meaningful context in which to explore these works. As part of Greenwood's Literature as Windows to World Culture series, this volume introduces readers to the cultural concerns of 10 of Africa's most reknowned writers. Written in clear accessible language, close analysis is given for 14 novels, including Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and Paton's Cry the Beloved Country, chosen because of their literary importance and the frequency with which they are assigned. The ten analysis chapters each begin with a brief account of the authors' lives and their writing careers, noting especially the experiences and influences which have shaped their writing. Following this section is a major essay on their most prominent and best known work. Discussion of the historical and cultural issues in the novels is integrated into the literary commentary. Students will gain not a deeper appreciation for the fiction, but a more solid understanding of the core historical issues and cultural concerns that influence and shape the writing. The Introduction outlines the general history and development of Sub-Saharan African Literature. The colonial experiences and postcolonial struggles, the principal subject matter of African writers, differs from region to region. The geographic organization of this guide into West, East and South Africa reflects these different perspectives. Each section ends with a list of critical works that will assist readers and researchers further their understanding of the authors and their works. Short biographical sketches on 80 authors are also provided to expand readers' contact with African literature. The index assists users in identifying not only title and authors but also major themes and topics that the writings reveal.

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A SELECTED HISTORY OF WEST AFRICAN
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A SELECTED HISTORY OF EAST AFRICAN
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A SELECTED HISTORY OF SOUTH
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DOUGLAS KILLAM was Professor of Commonwealth and African Literature at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has taught in Nigeria and Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. He is the author of several books of critical studies, including "Africa in English Literature", "The Writings of Chinua Achebe", and "An Introduction to the Writings of Ngugi". He is co-editor with Ruth Lowe of "The Companion to African Literatures anthologies of African fiction".

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