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Title:Fears, doubts and joys of not belonging
Editors:Fishkin, Benjamin Hart
Ankumah, Adaku T.
Ndi, Bill F.ISNI
Year:2014
Pages:243
Language:English
City:Mankon
Publisher:Langaa Research & Publishing CIG
ISBN:9956791539; 9789956791538
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:psychology
literature
literary criticism
About persons:Bill F. NdiISNI
Emmanuel Fru DohISNI
Francis Beng Nyamnjoh (1961-)ISNI
John Nkemngong Nkengasong (1959-)ISNI
Fatou Diome (1968-)ISNI
Henri Lopes (1937-)ISNI
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977-)ISNI
Abstract:Bringing together scholars of different literary confessions and professions, this book explicates the concept of alienation as engendered by fears, doubts or joys of either belonging or not belonging. Alienation is generally conceived as a negative, sometimes associated with psychosis and other forms of mental health issues. In some recent literature, however, especially from Africa, alienation takes on a new dimension as those who are alienated devise means of coping with their estrangement, whether it is religious, political, social or linguistic. The primary objective of this book is to consider the various approaches to the fears, doubts and joys of not belonging and/or belonging by mainly African writers and the unforeseen effects on literature, literary theory, social relationships, etc. Contributions: Bill F. Ndi's social angst and humanist vision: politics, alienation and the quest for freedom in 'K'cracy, trees in the storm and other poems' (Emmanuel Fru Doh); In moments like these: Emmanuel Fru Doh and the mirrors of romanticism (Antonio Jiminez Munoz); Warring estrangement in E. Coxere's 'Adventures by sea' (Bill F. Ndi); Out of the circle: united marginals in Francis B. Nyamnjoh's 'The travail of Dieudonné' (Adaku T. Ankumah); F. Scott Fitzgerald and the pain of exclusion (Benjamin Hart Fishkin); Minority identity and the question of social failure in John N. Nkengasong's 'Across the Mongolo' (Blossom Fondo); Changing the status quo from the margins in Bill F. Ndi's 'Gods in the ivory towers' (Adaku T. Ankumah); A costly gift to the receiver: Francis B. Nyamnjoh and the alienation of the African (Benjamin Hart Fishkin); Willful and/or imposed alienation in recent African emigration narratives: Chimamanda Adichie's 'The thing around your neck', Fatou Diome's 'Ventre de l'Atlantique', and Henri Lopes's 'Une enfant de Porto-Poto' (Robert Alvin Miller and Gloria Nne Onyeoziri); Blighting companionship: Emmanuel Fru Doh's 'The fire within', a tale of passion and alienation (Bill F. Ndi). [ASC Leiden abstract].
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