Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa's Development

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Anne V. Adams, Janis Alene Mayes
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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Adams is associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center.

Mayes is associate professor in the department of African Studies at Syracuse University.

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