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Title:Negotiating Afropolitanism: essays on borders and spaces in contemporary African literature and folklore
Editors:Wawrzinek, JenniferISNI
Makokha, J.K.S.
Series:Internationale Forschungen zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
City of publisher:Amsterdam
ISBN:9789042032224; 9789042032231
Geographic term:Africa
African identity
literary criticism
Abstract:Initially conceived as a neologism to describe the social imaginary of a generation of Africans born outside the continent, the term Afropolitanism can now be read as the description of a new phenomenology of Africanness - a way of being African in the world. The essays in this volume critically examine the representations, transgressions, disruptions, and/or redrawings of borders and spaces in contemporary African literature and culture. They treat both younger African writers such as Patrice Ngagang, Ben Okri, M.G. Vassanji, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Jamal Mahjoub, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Calixthe Beyala, as well as offering fresh re-readings of some canonical writers such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Driss Chra´bi, Nuruddin Farah, and the late Ahmadou Kourouma. Oral artists and radio performers using slang and vernacular mediums to traverse genres and participate in the culture of mobility across space and generation are also discussed. Contributors: Remmy Shiundu Barasa, Fella Benabed, Jens Elze-Volland, Simon Gikandi, Mikhail Gromov, Emilia Ilieva, Sim Kilosho Kabale, Catherine Kroll, Nalini Iyer, J.K.S. Makokha, John E. Masterson, Lennox Odiemo-Munara, Mbugua wa Mungai, Sola Ogunbayo, Alina N. Rinkanya, Phillip Rothwell, Godwin Siundu, Maria Jesus Cabarcos-Traseira, Michael Wainaina, Jennifer Wawrzinek, and Russel West-Pavlov. [ASC Leiden abstract]