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Title:Natures of Africa: ecocriticism and animal studies in contemporary cultural forms
Editor:Moolla, F. Fiona
Year:2016
Pages:334
Language:English
City:Johannesburg
Publisher:Wits University Press
ISBN:1868149137; 9781868149131; 9781868149162
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:animals
literature
songs
praise poetry
decolonization
Abstract:This book has been motivated by the instinct that recognition of the life of animals and the significance of the natural world are deeply constitutive of the cultures that together create a strategically essentialised Africa in the poscolonial period. It looks into how the natural world and animals have been active agents in African cultural forms and have been fundamentally constitutive of the worldviews and lifeways that have created African cultural texts. At the same time, the collection is very much connected to postcolonialism through its focus on decolonising knowledge and representation. One path to decolonising knowledge is to illuminate how dominant ways of processing the world have been shaped by colonial discourses of identity and geography, how they suppress or render invisible other (unsettling) forms of knowlegde and perception, and how they reinforce uneven political relationships. Another pathway entails the articulation of marginalised cultural perspectives and forms of knowledge that might enable resistance to imperialism and alleviate its violent effects. The contributions to this volume particularly engage with this second pathway. Chapters: Foreword (Byron Caminero-Santangelo); Introduction (F. Fiona Moolla); 1. 'Here is some baobab leaf!': Sunjata, foodways and biopiracy (Jonathan Bishop Highfield); 2. Shona as a land-based nature-culture: a study of the (re)construction of Shona land mythology in popular songs (Mickias Musiyiwa); 3. The environment as significant Other: the green nature of Shona indigenous religion (Jacob Mapara); 4. Animal praise poetry and the Samburu desire to survive (James Maina Wachira); 5. Voluntourism paradoxes: strategic visual tropes of the natural on South African voluntourism websites (Reinier J.M. Vriend); 6. Toward ecocriticism in Africa: literary aesthetics in African environmental literature (Chengyi Coral Wu); 7. Critical intersections: ecocriticism, globalised cities and African narrative, with a focus on K. Sello Duiker's 'Thirteen cents' (Antony Vital); 8. Navigating Gariep country: writing nature and culture in 'Borderline' by William Dicey (Mathilda Slabbert); 9. Negotiating identity in a vanishing geography: home, environment and displacement in Helon Habila's 'Oil on water' (Ogaga Okuyade); 10. Animal narrators in Patrice Nganang's 'Dog days: an animal chronicle' and Alain Mabanckou's 'Memoirs of a porcupine' (Wendy Woodward); 11. Nature, animism and humanity in Anglophone Nigerian poetry (Sule Egya); 12. Animals, nostalgia, and Zimbabwe's rural landscape in the poetry of Chenjerai Hove and Musaemura Zimunya Syned Mthatiwa.
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