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Title:Special issue: Eastern African literatures and cultures
Editors:Ogude, JamesISNI
Ojwang, DanISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Volume:57
Issue:3
Pages:95
Language:English
Geographic terms:East Africa
Kenya
Tanzania
Somalia
Subjects:literature
music
mass media
conference papers (form)
2009
About persons:Nuruddin Farah (1945-)ISNI
Nanji Kalidas Mehta
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/toc/at.57.3.html
Abstract:The articles in this issue were first presented at a conference held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, on 23-24 October 2009. The aim was to critically reflect on the literary and cultural legacies of Eastern Africa. Annie Gagiano starts with a discussion of women in a context of despotism on the basis of Nuruddin Farah's 'Sardines' (1981, Somalia). Joseph Basil Okong'o draws attention to how 'ohangla' music among the Luo of Kenya is defined by intertextuality and parody. With a focus on post-World War II letters to the editor and rhyming poems on 'dansi' (urban jazz and ballroom dancing) in the government controlled 'Mambo Leo', Maria Suriano shows how Africans confronted colonial modernity in Tanganyika. Dan Ojwang's article considers the autobiography of an early Indian Gujarati entrepreneur in East Africa, Nanji Kalidas Mehta (1888-1969). Finally, George Ogola maps the ways in which the shifting terrain of Kenya's postindependence political economy has contributed to the making of the country's media landscape for close to fifty years. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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