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Title:Contemporary literature of Africa: Tijan M. Sallah and literary works of The Gambia
Editors:Raji, WumiISNI
Sallah, Tijan M.ISNI
City of publisher:Amherst, NY
Publisher:Cambria Press
ISBN:1604978678; 9781604978674; 1624998135; 9781624998133
Geographic term:Gambia
literary criticism
About person:Tijan M. Sallah (1958-)ISNI
Abstract:The first part of this collective volume delves into the background of Gambian literature with a discussion of works by leading Gambian authors, such as Lenrie Peters, Ebou Dibba and Tijan Sallah. The book then turns the focus on Tijan Sallah, exploring his growth and development as a writer and providing critical analyses of his major works. While some of the chapters take the works together in a general thematic and stylistic discussion, others provide an in-depth analysis of specific works. Some of the chapters adopt a linguistic approach; another two locate the works within the trend of ecopoetry, an emerging genre of nature poetry; one explores Sallah's poems of convalescence, pointing out their therapeutic nature; yet another employs the theory of phenomenology in carrying out an investigation of Sallah's poetry in comparison with the works of other major African poets. The final chapter is a detailed interview with Sallah. It sheds light on his life, and shows how his Gambian background influences his writings. Chapters: Introduction (Wumi Raji); Gambian fictions (Stewart Brown); An unusual growth: the development of Tijan M. Sallah's poetry (Tanure Ojaide); Themes and styles in the poetry of Tijan M. Sallah (Pierre Gomez); Rhythm in Tijan Sallah's 'Share': a metrical phonology approach (Demola Jolayemi); Tijan Sallah's Kora land: a stylistic analysis of 'The Elders are Gods' (Tunde Ayodabo); The ecopoetics of Tijan M. Sallah: Gambian values and Sufi presence (Victoria Arana); Return to roots: dialectics of cultural development in the poetry of Tijan Sallah (Sylvie Coly); Tijan Sallah's 'Sahelian Earth': Africa's rebirth (Charles Larson); Exile and return: the poetry and fiction of Tijan Sallah (Samuel Garren); African economics as a short story: Tijan Sallah's 'The unfortunate choice' (Santayanan Devarajan); Poetry as therapy: Tijan Sallah's 'Harrow poems' (Enajite Ojaruega); 'Stanley meets Mutesa': post colonial consciousness and Africa's continuing dialogue with the West (Femi Dunmade); The amphibian's dilemma: an interview with Tijan M. Sallah (Wumi Raji). [ASC Leiden abstract]