Texts, Tasks, and Theories

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Tobias Robert Klein, Ulrike Auga, Viola Prüschenk
Rodopi, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 218 pages
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African literary theory has recently gained immensely from an emerging multitude of perspectives and scholarly approaches. This volume offers a welcome opportunity to assess trends in the twenty-first century's discourse on African literature: Twelve different articles treat such lively issues as modernity, nation, civil society, postcolonial theory, and feminism, relating these both to more recent short stories, poems, and novels and to a large variety of texts that have in one way or another acquired canonical status. The first section “Language, Modernity and Modernism” explores ocial and aesthetic figurations of modernity in African literary discourse. “New Readings in African Literature and Postcolonial Theory” offers fresh and critical approaches to this hotly contested area. In the closing section, “Identity, Dissidence and Cultural Practice,” the questions tackled concern the role of literature and the African writer in an increasingly plural and diversifying social environment. Some of the authors treated in detail are: Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Okot p'Bitek, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nuruddin Farah, Nadine Gordimer, Helon Habila, Kojo Laing, Alexander Kanengoni, Farida Karodia, Lewis Nkosi, Flora Nwapa, Ike Oguine, Ben Okri, and Wole Soyinka.

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TOBIAS ROBERT KLEIN is an associate member of the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana. His research interests centre on the literary and musical cultures of Western Europe and West Africa. ULRIKE AUGA is a professor of Theology and Gender Studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Her publications include the critique of intellectuals, 'national identities' in transition; gender issues, and, more recently, religion; and human rights and the notion of sexuality. VIOLA PRUSCHENK graduated from Humboldt University, Berlin, with an M.A. in African studies and ethnomusicology. She is currently working on a dissertation on the process of intermediality (music in written texts) in African and Caribbean literatures.

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