ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today

ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today


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This special issue of African Literature Today is devoted to some of the pioneer voices of African fiction in the twentieth century: Bessie Head, Cyprian Ekwensi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Flora Nwapa, Ousmane Sembne and Zulu Sofola.
The contributors explore the development of these influential writers and their impact on the continent and beyond, through a study of their writing, sources and influences. Some focus on case studies of specific works which are particularly important in the creative development of the author.
The contributions of these writers to the growth and development of modern African Literature are highlighted. These are also writers whose works, in the words of Chimalum Nwankwo in his Introduction 'have defined for their time a deep engagement and commitment with the pulse of the people...'

Ernest Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA; the editorial board is composed of scholars from US, UK and African universities
Chimalum Nwankwo [Guest Editor] Former Chair of the Department of English, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA, and Professor of English and World Literatures, is currently on sabbatical at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Nigeria: HEBN

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847010568
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: African Literature Today Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Editorial Article 1

Reflections & Retrospectives Chimalum Nwankwo

Articles 8

Gender Politics, Home & Nation in Zulu Sofola's King Emene: Tragedy of a Rebellion Maureen N. Eke

The Militant Writer in Sembène's Early Fiction: From Le docker noir to L'Harmattan Kwawisi Tekpetey 32

Psychological Violence in Bessie Head's Maru & A Question of Power Blessing Diala-Ogamba 62

Constructing the Destructive City: Representations of Lagos in Cyprian Ekwensi's People of the City Louisa Uchum Egbunike 86

History, Progress & Prospects in the Development of African Literature: A Tribute to Dennis Brutus Sophie Ogwude 98

Dispelling the Myth of the 'Silent Woman': The Nigerian Igbo Woman in Flora Nwapa's Efuru Shalini Nadaswaran 108

Interrogating Dichotomies, Reconstructing Emancipation: Bessie Head's Vision on Gender Issues Hellen Roselyne Shigali 122

Es'kia Mphahlele's Enduring Truth in Down Second Avenue Joyce Ashuntantang 138

A Tribute to Cyprian O.D. Ekwensi (26 September 1921-4 November 2007): The Writer, the Man & His Era Ernest N. Emenyonu 162


Jack Mapanje. And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night James Gibbs 168

Wilson Katiyo. Tsiga Diana Jeater 172

Bernth Lindfors (ed.). The Dennis Brutus Tapes: Essays at Autobiography Robert Gordon 175

Jane Katjavivi. Undisciplined Heart Sarah Ladipo Manyika. In Dependence James Gibbs 177

Anne V. Adams (ed.). Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70: A Reader in African Cultural Studies Jane Plastow 185

Chinua Achebe. There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra Ernest E. Emenyonu 187

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