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Title:The critical imagination in African literature: essays in honor of Michael J.C. Echeruo
Editors:Nwosu, MaikISNI
City:Syracuse, NY
Publisher:Syracuse University Press
ISBN:0815633874; 9780815633877; 0815653107; 9780815653103
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:literary criticism
English language
About person:Michael Joseph Chukwudalu EcheruoISNI
Abstract:The essays collected here honour Michael J. C. Echeruo's scholarship and his contributions to the African intellectual tradition. The contributors examine such themes as migration and exile, trauma and repression, violence and rebellion, and gender and human rights. The critical anthology is divided into four parts. The first, 'African literature and global imaginaries,' looks at some significant aspects of African literature in relation to international disconnections and connections of people and ideas. The second part, 'African literature and consciousness,' interprets instances of (as well as trends in) African literature from different perspectives as manifestations of human consciousness grounded in particular sociohistorical or psychoanalytical contexts. 'African literature and feminist perspectives,' the third segment of the anthology, is constituted by three essays that particularly project the feminine/feminist point of view. The fourth section 'African literature and cultural aesthetics' includes readings of African literature that centralize cultural or cross-cultural characteristics, concerns, and correspondences (especially with reference to narratives of power and redemption). A common quality to all these contributions point to new theoretical directions in the continuing debate or discourse that has characterized modern African literature. Many of the essays belong to and extend the sphere of African intellectual thought pioneered by scholars such as Echeruo. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]