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Title:Spheres public and private: Western genres in African literature
Editor:Collier, GordonISNI
Periodical:Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society (ISSN 0932-9714)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
literary criticism
External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/18757421/39/1
Abstract:This issue covers predominantly sub-Saharan African literary production. Four essays with a more general purview - including a demontage of exclusive obeisance to (Western) 'écriture' and an analysis of conflict in Yoruba literary genres - is followed by a section on poets, some canonical, others emergent: Ogaga Ifowodo, Jack Mapanje, Olu Oguibe, Tanure Ojaide, Okot p'Bitek, Wole Soyinka, and Ladé Wosornu. Essays on fiction cover general topics (women's fiction, political writing in Nigeria, the nightmare of Biafra) and landmark texts both anglophone (Chinua Achebe, Amma Darko, Festus Iyayi, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Wole Soyinka), francophone (Mariama Bâ, Mongo Beti, and Ousmane Sembène), and hispanophone (Donato Ndongo). The theatre section has essays on Ama Ata Aidoo, Zakes Mda, Anne Tanyi-Tang, Wole Soyinka, and Ahmed Yerima, as well as Ngugi and Micere Mugo. There is also a section including original writing: poetry, short stories and a drama text. The issue concludes with four essay-reviews (on literary criticism, cinema, graphic art, and traditional African society). [ASC Leiden abstract]