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Author is : Simi Bedford
Publisher is : Vintage
release : 1997-03-21
genre : Blacks
isbn_10 : 9780749310103
isbn_13 : 0749310103

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Bearing Witness : Readers, Writers, and the Novel in Nigeria

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Author is : Wendy Griswold
Publisher is : Princeton University Press
release : 2000-06-19
genre : Literary Criticism
isbn_10 : 9780691058290
isbn_13 : 0691058296

Description : Greed, frustrated love, traffic jams, infertility, politics, polygamy. These--together with depictions of traditional village life and the impact of colonialism made familiar to Western readers through Chinua Achebe's writing--are the stuff of Nigerian fiction. Bearing Witness examines this varied content and the determined people who, against all odds, write, publish, sell, and read novels in Africa's most populous nation. Drawing on interviews with Nigeria's writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers, surveys, and a careful reading of close to 500 Nigerian novels--from lightweight romances to literary masterpieces--Wendy Griswold explores how global cultural flows and local conflicts meet in the production and reception of fiction. She argues that Nigerian readers and writers form a reading class that unabashedly believes in progress, rationality, and the slow-but-inevitable rise of a reading culture. But they do so within a society that does not support their assumptions and does not trust literature, making them modernists in a country that is simultaneously premodern and postmodern. Without privacy, reliable electricity, political freedom, or even social toleration of bookworms, these Nigerians write and read political satires, formula romances, war stories, complex gender fiction, blood-and-sex crime capers, nostalgic portraits of village life, and profound explorations of how decent people get by amid urban chaos. Bearing Witness is an inventive and moving work of cultural sociology that may be the most comprehensive sociological analysis of a literary system ever written.

The Columbia Guide to West African Literature in English Since 1945 :

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Author is : Oyekan Owomoyela
Publisher is : Columbia University Press
release : 2008-10-21
genre : Literary Criticism
isbn_10 : 9780231512152
isbn_13 : 0231512155

Description : Composed by a premier scholar of African literature, this volume is a comprehensive guide to the literary traditions of Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria, five distinct countries bound by their experience with colonialism. Oyekan Owomoyela begins with an overview of the authors, texts, and historical events that have shaped the development of postwar Anglophone literatures in this region, exploring shifts in theme and the role of foreign sponsorship and illuminating recent debates regarding the language, identity, gender, and social commitments of various authors and their works. His introduction concludes with a bibliography of key critical texts. The second half of the volume is an alphabetical tour of writers, publications, concepts, genres, movements, and institutions, with suggested readings for further research. Entries focus primarily on fiction but also touch on drama and poetry. Featured authors include Chris Abani, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Cyprian Ekwensi, Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala, Helen Oyeyemi, and Wole Soyinka. Topics range from the European origins of African literature and the West African diaspora to the development of an "African personality," the establishment of a regional publishing industry, and the global literary marketplace. Owomoyela also discusses such influences as the postwar emergence of Onitsha Market Literature, the Mbari Club, and the importance of the Noma Award. Owomoyela's portrait points to the major impact of West African literature on the evolution of both African and world literatures in English. Sure to become the definitive text for research in the field, The Columbia Guide to West African Literature in English Since 1945 is a vital resource for newcomers as well as for advanced scholars seeking a deeper understanding of the region's rich literary heritage.

New Directions in African Literature : A Review

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Author is : Ernest Emenyo̲nu
Publisher is : James Currey Publishers
release : 2006
genre : African literature
isbn_10 : 0852555709
isbn_13 : 9780852555705

Description : Critics take stock of where African Literature has got to and where it is likely to go with the next generation of writers.

Africa Wo/Man Palava : The Nigerian Novel by Women

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Author is : Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi
Publisher is : University of Chicago Press
release : 1996-04-15
genre : Literary Criticism
isbn_10 : 9780226620855
isbn_13 : 0226620859

Description : Africa Wo/Man Palava offers the first close look at eight Nigerian women writers and proposes a new vernacular theory based on their work. Flora Nwapa, Adaora Lily Ulasi, Buchi Emecheta, Funmilayo Fakunle, Ifeoma Okoye, Zaynab Alkali, Eno Obong, and Simi Bedford are the writers Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi considers. African womanism, an emerging model of female discourse, is at the heart of their writing. In their work, female resistance shifts from the idea of palava, or trouble, to a focus on consensus, compromise, and cooperation; it tackles sexism, totalitarianism, and ethnic prejudice. Such inclusiveness, Ogunyemi shows, stems from an emphasis on motherhood, acknowledging that everyone is a mother's child, capable of creating palava and generating a compromise. Ogunyemi uses the novels to trace a Nigerian women's literary tradition that reflects an ideology centered on children and community. Of prime importance is the paradoxical Mammywata figure, the independent, childless mother, who serves as a basis for the new woman in these novels. Ogunyemi tracks this figure through many permutations, from matriarch to exile to woman writer, her multiple personalities reflecting competing loyalties—to self and other, children and nation. Such fragmented personalities characterize the postcolonial condition in their writing. Mapping geographies of pain and endurance, the work opens a space for addressing the palava between different groups of people. Valuable as the first sustained critical study of a substantial but little known body of literature, this book also counters the shortcomings of prevailing "masculinist" theories of black literature in a powerful narrative of the Nigerian world.

Stories Fly : A Collection of African Fiction Written in Europe and the USA

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Author is : Brenda Cooper
Publisher is : New Africa Books
release : 2003
genre : Fiction
isbn_10 : 9780864866080
isbn_13 : 0864866089

Description : This book contains an extraordinary collection of short stories and novel extracts written by Africans living outside Africa. It is a collection that also examines the little unknown area of an African experience of living abroad, with themes of identity, belonging and culture as well. Where is home? How does our identity change when we move to a new country, or when national borders are eroded by globalization? These are some of the themes explored in this collection of new fiction from African writers living outside the continent. The writers of the stories and novel extracts come from countries as diverse as Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and the Sudan. They include both established writers, such as Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo and Abdulrazak Gurnah, and many exciting new voices. By turns humorous, fantastic, satirical and moving, the fiction reveals new worlds to us. This book travels the globe with African writers.

"Black" British Aesthetics Today :

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Author is : R. Victoria Arana
Publisher is : Cambridge Scholars Pub
release : 2007
genre : Art
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isbn_13 : STANFORD:36105123328424

Description : Black British Aesthetics Today is a collection of twenty-four exciting critical and theoretical essays exploring current thinking about the hottest artistic, literary, and critical works now being produced by black Britons. This book features a number of chapters by the avant-garde black British novelists, poets, and artists themselves. It includes, for instance, aesthetic manifestos by Diran Adebayo, Anthony Joseph, Roshini Kempadoo, Sheree Mack, Valerie Mason-John, and SuAndi as well as key essays by globally renowned critics, including Amna Malik, Kobena Mercer, Lauri Ramey, Roy Sommer, and many others. As a compendium, this book represents a powerfully fresh intellectual current of thought. It provides readers with important insights into contemporary black aesthetics, and it includes an array of important clarifications initially voiced at the groundbreaking international symposium that took place on April 8, 2006, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by outstanding new scholars in this burgeoning field of study: e.g., Kevin Etienne-Cummings, Valerie Kaneko Lucas, Michael McMillan, Magdalena Maczynska, Courtney Martin, Jude Okpala, Deirdre Osborne, Koye Oyedeji, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Sandra Ponzanesi, Andrene M. Taylor, Samera Owusu Tutu, and Tracey Walters. The authors contextualise contemporary black British aesthetics in relation to the African, African American, and Postcolonial aesthetic traditions; they explore an exciting array of critical theories, trends of feeling, and lively aesthetic movements thriving today in black Britain; and they examine and assess embodied aesthetics at play in a wide range of specific works by today's most brilliant black British novelists, poets, photographers, live performance artists, dramatists, architects, musicians, graphic artists, and cinematographers.

Shakespeare in Africa (& Other Venues) : Import & the Appropriation of Culture

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Author is : Lemuel A. Johnson
Publisher is : Africa Research and Publications
release : 1998
genre : Literary Criticism
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isbn_13 : UOM:39015040366737

Description : This complex work explores "constellations of encounters and evidence of import in various contexts, ranging from Oxford to the popular stage in Bombay and from North America's various negotiations of its putative European ancestries to Shakespeare's reception in Africa as compared with that in Europe and the Americas". "The esthetics and ethics involved in the collecting of (other) people's cultural property", cautions the author, "can be a complicated business. The rites and the rights of such collections are complex.... The power of any master(ing) text, and of its translatability, can therefore become occasion for faith or else for agnosticism, if not outright apostasy -- and this within as well as across cultural boundaries". Along the way, Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka's "Shakespeare and the Living Dramatist" no less than criticism from the pages of Shakespeare Quarterly are used "to foreground the ways of certain folk with Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's with them". Not the least of such concerns is the gender-infected question, "Whatever Happened to Caliban's Mother? Or, The Problem With Othello's", which "resonates in Shakespeare studies no less than in 'postcolonial' refigurations". It is within such contexts that "import is shown to matter in the esthetics of copy-writing, the economy of copyrighting, and the politics of reconstituting other people's cultural icons and monuments". We engage in such activities "under the threat of an erasure of identity", says Johnson; but then, "we also do so on a gradient of dissimilarity...along which we are forever falling away from or else toward each other". Finally, we engage in "attempts at transfiguration, in (the perhapsdesperate) anticipation that some measure of parity of esteem among cultures would at least be seen to have taken place". In the end, and whatever the issues, "they are likely to be urgently textured where one is inclined to find value in that Walter Benjamin 'philosophy of history' thesis: that 'cultural treasures' form part of 'the triumphal procession in which the present rulers step over those who are lying prostrate, ' since 'there is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism'".

Braille Book Review :

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Author is : no defined
Publisher is : no defined
release : 1995
genre : Blind
isbn_10 :
isbn_13 : UIUC:30112005548042

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Braille Books :

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Author is : Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Publisher is : no defined
release : 1996
genre : Blind
isbn_10 :
isbn_13 : UOM:39015079914563

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Books for the Teen Age :

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Author is : no defined
Publisher is : no defined
release : 1994
genre : Children's literature
isbn_10 :
isbn_13 : UVA:X002427522

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Books for the Teen Age 1994 :

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Author is : New York Public Library, NY.
Publisher is : Branch Libraries
release : 1994
genre : Children's literature
isbn_10 : 9780871047250
isbn_13 : 087104725X

Description : Published yearly and based on requests by adolescents, this document provides a list of approximately 1,250 books in the New York Public Library for teenagers; each source is followed by a brief description. New titles for 1994 are marked with an asterisk. Some of the subjects covered under five broad divisions (the creative spirit, science, here/now, one world, and action and adventure) are: humor, science fiction and fantasy, drama, dance, art and architecture, music, mystery and suspense, horror, poetry, film, photography and video, historical fiction, novels and short stories, science in general, archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, the mind, mathematics, computers, crime and justice, drugs, overcoming odds, war and peace, world history and social studies, crafts and games, and sports. An index of titles is included. (Author/AEF)

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