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Title:Transcultural modernities: narrating Africa in Europe
Editors:Bekers, ElisabethISNI
Helff, SissyISNI
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
Geographic term:Europe
performing arts
Abstract:This special issue of 'Matatu' examines the manner in which African migrants in Europe compose and negotiate their Euro-African affiliations in their narratives. The first part, New Euro-African literary spaces, provides a series of overviews of creative writing by Africans living in Spain (Sabrina Brancato), Italy (Peter Pedroni), the Netherlands (Daniela Merolla), Belgium (Elisabeth Bekers), Finland and Sweden (Eila Rantonen). The second part, Literary perspectives, offers more detailed readings of literary texts produced by Euro-African writers: Frank Schulze-Engler on anglophone African literature, Susan Arndt on transcultural narration, Elisabeth Bekers on female genital excision in Euro-African writing, Susanne Gehrmann on black masculinity in Simon Njami's 'African gigolo', Elisa Diallo on Tierno Monénembo's 'Un rêve utile', Nadia Butt on Leila Aboulela's 'The translator', Obododimma Oha on Femi Oyebode's poetry, and Daria Tunca on Gbenga Agbenugba's linguistic counterpoint. The third part, Visual and cinematographic narratives, contains chapters on 'asylum artists' from Sudan in the UK (Alex Rotas), the travelling exhibition 'Africa Remix' (Marie-Christine Press), the art of Gabonese-born Myriam Mihindou (Daphne Pappers), two African films dealing with West African migration to Europe: Sembène's 'La noire de...' and Yameogo's 'Moi et mon blanc' (Jacobia Dahm), the film 'Le clandestin' by Zeka Laplaine (Marie-Hélène Gutberlet), and narrating Africa in documentary films (Nwachukwu Frank Ukadike). The chapters in the final section, Imagining life - narrating stories, discuss disaster in the African postcolony (Graham Huggan), refugee narratives (Sissy Helff), Lucia Engombe's memoir 'Kind Nr. 95' (Namibia) (Katrin Berndt), Sierra Leonean refugees in Germany (Annika McPherson), a Nigerian migrant's narration of initation (Bettina Horn-Udeze), performing 'Africa' in Germany (Christine Matzke), and a Moroccan writer-cum-academic's experiences in Europe (Fouad Laroui). [ASC Leiden abstract]