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Title:Texts, tasks, and theories
Editors:Klein, Tobias RobertISNI
Auga, UlrikeISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
Volume:35
Pages:218
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:literature
literary criticism
modernization
postcolonialism
conference papers (form)
2002
Link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/18757421/35/1
Abstract:This collection of essays - the third in a series of selected papers mainly presented at the international conference 'Versions and subversions in African literatures' in Berlin in May 2002 - assesses developing trends in the 21st-century's scholarly discourse on African literature. The first four essays centre on the phenomenon of modernity in African literature: African literature and modernity (Simon Gikandi); African literature and the micropolitics of modernity: explorations of post-traditional society in Wole Soyinka's 'Season of anomy', Nuruddin Farah's 'Sardines', and Tsitsi Dangarembga's 'Nervous conditions' (Frank Schulze-Engler); Kojo Laing and the cultural specifics of an African modernity (Tobias Robert Klein); and Romantic and African notions of poetic language: Shelley and Okot p'Bitek (Fred Opali). The second section deals with African literature and postcolonial theory: Toward the decolonization of African postcolonial theory: the example of Kwame Appiah's 'In my father's house' vis--vis Ama Ata Aidoo's 'Our sister Killjoy', Helon Habila's 'Waiting for an angel', and Ike Oguine's 'A squatter's tale' (Kwadwo Osei-Nyame); The river, the earth, and the spirit world: Jospeh Conrad, Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri, and the novel in Africa (Maik Nwosu); Postcoloniality, African poetry, and counter-discourse (Oyeniyi Okunoye); and Looking at the local/locale: a postcolonial reading of Lewis Nkosi's 'Mating birds' (Lindy Stiebel). The final section tackles issues related to literature in contemporary society: African literature, African literatures: cultural practice or art practice? (Michael Chapman); Theorizing African feminism(s); the 'colonial' question (Pinkie Mekgwe); The multilayered construction of identity in Alexander Kanengoni's 'Echoing silences' and Farida Karodia's 'The red velvet dress' (Katrin Berndt); and Intellectuals between resistance and legitimation: the cases of Nadine Gordimer and Christa Wolf (Ulrike Auga). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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