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The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature

The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature
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F. Abiola Irele, Simon Gikandi, Liz Gunner, Kwesi Yankah, Tejumola Olaniyan, Sabra Webber, Lupenga Mphande, Isidore Okpewho, Maureeen Warner-Lewis, Keith Q. Warner, Alain Ricard, Farida Abu-Haidar, Alamin Mazrui, Daniel P. Kunene, Ann Biersteker, Ousseina Alidou, Karin Barber, Sylvie Kande, Moira Ferguson, Robert Eric Livingston, Milton Krieger, Ampie Coetzee, Flora Veit-Vild, Anthony Chennells, Dan Izevbaye, David Attwell, Mildred Mortimer, Patricia Geesey, Benedicte Mauguiere, Mbare Ngom, Russell Hamilton, Ode S. Ogede, Nick Nesbitt, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Michael Dash, Derek Wright, Adele King, Ato Quayson
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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9780521594349

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  • This history offers new perspectives on African and Caribbean literature. It provides the general coverage and specific information expected of a major history. Chapters address the literature itself, the practices and conditions of its composition, and its complex relationship with African social and geopolitical history. The book provides an account of the entire body of productions that can be considered to comprise the field of African literature, defined both by imaginative expression in Africa itself and the black diaspora. The book accounts for the specific historical and cultural context in which this expression has been manifested in African and the Caribbean: the formal particularities of the literary corpus, both oral and written, that can be ascribed to the two areas, and the diversity of material and texts covered by the representative works. This magisterial history of African literature is an essential resource for specialists and students.

    • Major history of African and Carribean literature, the first of its kind
    • Massive in scope, offers unprecedented coverage - an essential purchase for all libraries
    • The contributors are all major names in field included
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    '… begins with some excellent essays on how African societies have shaped the oral culture from which they emerged.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… readers will find here valuable individual essays, well edited and handsomely presented.' New West Indian Guide

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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9780521594349
    • length: 954 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.559kg
    • contains: 9 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Maps
    Chronology
    1. Africa and orality Liz Gunner
    2. The folk tale and its extensions Kwesi Yankah
    3. Festivals, ritual, and drama in Africa Tejumola Oaniyan
    4. Arab and Berber oral traditions in North Africa Sabra Webber
    5. Heroic and praise poetry in South Africa Lupenga Mphande
    6. African oral epics Isidore Okpehwo
    7. The oral tradition in the African diaspora Maureen Warner-Lewis
    8. Carnival and the folk origins of West Indian drama Keith Q. Warner
    9. Africa and writing Alain Ricard
    10. Ethiopian literature Teodros Kiros
    11. African literature in Arabic Farida Abu-Haidar
    12. The Swahili literary tradition: and intercultural heritage Alamin Mazrui
    13. Africa and the European Renaissance Silvie Kandé
    14. The literature of slavery and abolition Moira Ferguson
    15. Discourses of empire Robert Eric Livingston
    16. African-language literatures of Southern Africa Daniel P. Kuene
    17. Gikuyu literature: development from early Christian writings to Ngugi's later novels Ann Biersteker
    18. The emergence of written Hausa literature Ausseina Alidou
    19. Literature in Yoruba: poetry and prose
    traveling theatre and modern drama Karin Barber
    20. African literature and the colonial factor Simon Gikandi
    21. The formative journals and institutions Milton Krieger
    22. Literature in Afrikaans Ampie Coetzee
    23. East African literature in English Simon Gikandi
    24. Anglophone literature of Central Africa Flora Veit-Wild and Anthony Chennells
    25. West African literature in English: beginnings to the mid-seventies Dan Izebaye
    26. South African literature in English David Attwell
    27. African literature in French: Sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial period Mildred Mortimer
    28. North African literature in French Patricia Geesey
    29. Francophone literatures of the Indian Ocean Bénédicte Maguiere
    30. African literature in Spanish Mabre Ngom
    31. African literature in Portuguese Russell Hamilton
    32. Popular literature in Africa Ode S. Ogede
    33. Caribbean literature in French: origins and development Nick Nesbitt
    34. Caribbean literature in Spanish Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
    35. Anglophone Caribbean literature Elaine Savory
    36. The Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude Movement F. Abiola Irele
    37. Postcolonial Caribbean identities J. Michael Dash
    38. African literature and post independence disillusionment Derek Wright
    39. 'Postcolonial' African and Caribbean literature Adele King
    40. Modernism and postmodernism in African literature Ato Quayson.

  • Authors

    F. Abiola Irele, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Professor F. Abiola Irele's publications include an annotated edition of Selected Poems of Léopold Sédar Senghor (1977), The African Experience in Literature and Ideology (1981; reprinted 1990), and an annotated edition of Aimé Césaire's Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (1994; second edition 1999), as well as numerous articles and reviews and a recent volume of essays, The African Imagination (2001). He is a contributing editor to the new Norton Anthology of World Literature and is currently editor of Research in African Literatures. He is general editor of the series Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature.

    Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, New Jersey
    SIMON GIKANDI is Robert Hayden Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books include Reading the African Novel, Reading Chinua Achebe, Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o. He is the general editor of The Encyclopedia of African Literature.

    Contributors

    F. Abiola Irele, Simon Gikandi, Liz Gunner, Kwesi Yankah, Tejumola Olaniyan, Sabra Webber, Lupenga Mphande, Isidore Okpewho, Maureeen Warner-Lewis, Keith Q. Warner, Alain Ricard, Farida Abu-Haidar, Alamin Mazrui, Daniel P. Kunene, Ann Biersteker, Ousseina Alidou, Karin Barber, Sylvie Kande, Moira Ferguson, Robert Eric Livingston, Milton Krieger, Ampie Coetzee, Flora Veit-Vild, Anthony Chennells, Dan Izevbaye, David Attwell, Mildred Mortimer, Patricia Geesey, Benedicte Mauguiere, Mbare Ngom, Russell Hamilton, Ode S. Ogede, Nick Nesbitt, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Michael Dash, Derek Wright, Adele King, Ato Quayson

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