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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.

Not with Silver :

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Author is : Simi Bedford
Publisher is : Vintage
release : 2017-04-27
genre :
isbn_10 : 9781784706500
isbn_13 : 1784706507

Description : Abiola is raised as an aristocratic African warrior in a highly developed civilisation, but when he is betrayed and sold into slavery in America he is forcibly transformed into the property of a French immigrant. Renamed Cornelius, he and fellow slave Delilah begin a relationship which culminates in the birth of their daughter, Epiphany, and the new family plan to escape their servitude and find a better life for themselves... But can they return to Africa and find true freedom?

S2S Magazine :

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Author is : Jamie Foster Brown
Publisher is : no defined
release : 1995
genre : Entertainers
isbn_10 :
isbn_13 : WISC:89058570342

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The Icarus Girl :

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Author is : Helen Oyeyemi
Publisher is : A&C Black
release : 2006
genre : England
isbn_10 : 0747578869
isbn_13 : 9780747578864

Description : Jessamy Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of a powerful imagination, she spends hours writing, reading or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the half-and-half child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can't shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and other kids are wary of her terrified fits of screaming. When she is taken to her mother's family compound in Nigeria, she encounters Titiola, a ragged little girl her own age. It seems that at last Jess has found someone who will understand her. TillyTilly knows secrets both big and small. But as she shows Jess just how easy it is to hurt those around her, Jess begins to realise that she doesn't know who TillyTilly is at all.

The Gẹ̀lẹ̀dẹ́ Spectacle : Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture

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Author is : Babatunde Lawal
Publisher is : University of Washington Press
release : 1996
genre : Social Science
isbn_10 : 9780295975993
isbn_13 : 0295975997

Description : This remarkable study explores the use of the visual and performing arts to promote nonviolence and social harmony in sub-Saharan Africa. It focuses on Gelede, a popular community festival of masquerade, dance, and song, held several times a year by the Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Babatunde Lawal, an art historian and African scholar who has taught in Nigeria, Brazil, and the United States, is himself a Yoruba and has taken an active part in Gelede. He writes from the perspective of an informed participant/observer of his own culture. Lawal bases his book on extensive field research'observations and interviews'conducted over more than two decades as well as on numerous published and unpublished scholarly sources. He casts significant new light on many previously obscure aspects of Gelede, and he demonstrates a useful methodological approach to the study of non-Western art. The book systematically covers the major aspects of the Gelede spectacle, presenting its cultural background and historical origins as preface to a vivid and detailed description of an actual performance. This is followed by a discussion of the iconography and aesthetics of costume, and an examination of the sculpted images on the masks. The book concludes with a discussion of the moral and aesthetic philosophy of Gelede and its responsiveness to technological and social change. The Gelede Spectacle is illustrated in color and black-and-white with over 100 field and museum photographs, including a rare sequence on the dressing of a masquerader. It offers, in addition, more than 60 Gelede song texts, proverbs, and divination verses, each in the original Yoruba as well as in translation. Lawal's interpretations of these pieces indicate the rich complexities of metaphor and analogy inherent in the Yoruba language and art.

Crick Crack, Monkey :

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Author is : Merle Hodge
Publisher is : Heinemann
release : 2000
genre : Juvenile Fiction
isbn_10 : 9780435989514
isbn_13 : 0435989510

Description : After losing their parents, Tee and her brother Toddan are taken in by their exuberant aunt Tantie, but when Tee wins a scholarship and moves in with Aunt Beatrice, she finds herself challenged by race and class conscious middle class values.

When the Spirits Dance Mambo : Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio

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Author is : Marta Moreno Vega
Publisher is : Three Rivers Press (CA)
release : 2004
genre : Biography & Autobiography
isbn_10 : 9781400049240
isbn_13 : 1400049245

Description : An evocative memoir of Puerto Rican New York describes one young woman's childhood and coming of age in Spanish Harlem during the 1950s and 1960s, offering a colorful portrait of a dynamic and vibrant community marked by the conflict between the rigid traditions of immigrant parents and their children's American ideals. Original. 20,000 first printing.

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