Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa's Development

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Africa World Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 316 pages
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This book takes on the challenge: What roles can and should African literature play in Africa's development? From a variety of critical stances and perspectives, the concepts of "literature" and of "development" are theorized, to include and extend beyond inherited concepts and boundaries in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and thus, to engage peoples' everyday life experiences.

Approaches to the question of Africa's literature and its development range from African feminism or feminist practices, to the economics and politics of public access to knowledge, information and literature, to communication networks and use of African languages in national education policies.

Twenty essays constitute the volume's four parts which focus on:
-- Diverse conceptualizations of African literature and development
-- Critical studies of specific writers' works, linking their artistic development with issues and events of social or political development
-- A philosophical consideration of the development's relationship to literature
-- Models of activist pedagogy in African literature

The structure of this volume is encompassed by two roundtable transcriptions with writers and critics for whom African literature and Africa's development is part of a larger struggle to create new space in which to thrive and envision new life, inside and outside the academy.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
11
Veve Clark Rhonda CobhamSander Biodun Jeyifo and Clyde
23
Its Role in Development
37
Women And Books
51
Educational and Linguistic Constraints on the Development
61
A Personal Experience
79
African Little Magazines
87
Radio and Development
95
Exile Writing and the Struggle for Liberation
151
Progression in the Works
163
Soyinkas Satiric Development And Maturity
175
Liberation
189
The Mother Figure Situated Within Contemporary
201
Comment peuton etre Africain?
235
On Cultural Sovereignty
255
Putting Africa into the Curriculum through African
265

The Role of Playsongs in the Moral Social and Emotional
107
Gender and Identity in Francophone
123
The Concept of Neocolonialism in the Later Works
137
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
307
INDEX
313
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