Author: Gaurav Desai
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2018-12-07
For far too long, the Western world viewed Africa as unmappable terrain—a repository for outsiders’ wildest imaginings. This problematic notion has had lingering effects not only on popular impressions of the region but also on the development of the academic study of Africa. Critical Terms for the Study of Africa considers the legacies that have shaped our understanding of the continent and its place within the conceptual grammar of contemporary world affairs. Written by a distinguished group of scholars, the essays compiled in this volume take stock of African studies today and look toward a future beyond its fraught intellectual and political past. Each essay discusses one of our most critical terms for talking about Africa, exploring the trajectory of its development while pushing its boundaries. Editors Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier balance the choice of twenty-five terms between the expected and the unexpected, calling for nothing short of a new mapping of the scholarly field. The result is an essential reference that will challenge assumptions, stimulate lively debate, and make the past, present, and future of African Studies accessible to students and teachers alike.
Author: Ayo A. Coly
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Release Date: 2019-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
Postcolonial Hauntologies is an interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of critical, literary, visual, and performance texts by women from different parts of Africa. While contemporary critical thought and feminist theory have largely integrated the sexual female body into their disciplines, colonial representations of African women's sexuality "haunt" contemporary postcolonial African scholarship which--by maintaining a culture of avoidance about women's sexuality--generates a discursive conscription that ultimately holds the female body hostage. Ayo A. Coly employs the concept of "hauntology" and "ghostly matters" to formulate an explicative framework in which to examine postcolonial silences surrounding the African female body as well as a theoretical framework for discerning the elusive and cautious presences of female sexuality in the texts of African women. In illuminating the pervasive silence about the sexual female body in postcolonial African scholarship, Postcolonial Hauntologies challenges hostile responses to critical and artistic voices that suggest the African female body represents sacred ideological-discursive ground on which one treads carefully, if at all. Coly demonstrates how "ghosts" from the colonial past are countered by discursive engagements with explicit representations of women's sexuality and bodies that emphasize African women's power and autonomy.
This book uses the uniquely positioned culture of East African Asians to reflect upon the most vexing issues in postcolonial literary studies today. By examining the local histories and discourses that underpin East African Asian literature, it opens up and reflects upon issues of alienation, modernity, migration, diaspora, memory and nationalism.
Author: Caren Irr
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2013-12-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
Caren Irr's survey of more than 125 novels outlines the dramatic resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. She explores the writings of Chris Abani, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink stories of migration, the Peace Corps, nationalism and neoliberalism, revolution, and the expatriate experience. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the geopolitical novel provides new ways of understanding crucial political concepts to meet the needs of a new century.
Author: Evan Maina Mwangi
Publisher: Translation Studies
Release Date: 2017
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Author Evan Maina Mwangi explores the intersection of translation, sexuality, and cosmopolitan ethics in African literature. Usually seen as the preserve of literature published by Euro-American metropolitan outlets for Western consumption, cultural translation is also a recurrent theme in postcolonial African texts produced primarily for local circulation and sometimes in African languages. Mwangi illustrates how such texts allude to various forms of translation to depict the ethical relations to foreigners and the powerless, including sexual minorities. He also explains the popularity of fluent models of translation in African literature, regardless of the energetic critique of such models by Western-based postcolonial theorists. While bringing to the foreground texts that have received little critical attention in African literary studies, Translation in African Contexts engages a wide range of foundational and postcolonial translation theorists. It considers a rich variety of works, including East African translations of Shakespeare, writings by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Gakaara wa Wanjaũ, a popular novel by Charles Mangua, and a stage adaptation by the Tanzanian playwright Amandina Lihamba, among others.
Afrikanische Literatur - eine wissenschaftliche Disziplin? Umfasst sie nur die Mythen und Märchen dieses für viele immer noch "schwarzen" Kontinents? Dieser Band zeigt die Vielfältigkeit und Geschichte eines Faches auf, das lange nur als Anhängsel an die Linguistik, Ethnologie, Anglistik oder Romanistik existierte. Mittlerweile ist die Lehre der afrikanischen Literaturen in englischer, französischer und in den indigenen afrikanischen Sprachen an einigen deutschsprachigen Universitäten als eigenes Fach etabliert, das viele Bezüge zu anderen Kulturwissenschaften aufweist. Es ist ein Fach, das zu einem Umdenken über Afrika, seine Menschen und Kulturen herausfordert. Afrikanische Literatur, so die Herausgeberin, sollte als eigene künstlerische Ausdrucksform betrachtet werden, die so unpolitisch, verrückt surreal und fantastisch sein "darf", wie andere Literaturen der Welt es auch sein können. In den hier versammelten Aufsätzen umreißen Spezialisten verschiedenster Fachrichtungen, wie sich die wissenschaftliche Beschäftigung mit afrikanischer Literatur entfaltet und welche diversen Inhalte sie zum Gegenstand hat. Es wird dabei sowohl auf die Entstehung der Afrikanistik als Kolonialwissenschaft als auch auf die unterschiedliche Entwicklung des Faches in Ost- und Westdeutschland sowie in Österreich eingegangen. Bei den Beiträgen des Bandes handelt es sich um Polemiken, Wissenschaftsbiographien, Forschungsartikel oder wissenschaftliche Standortbestimmungen. Trotz unterschiedlicher Herangehensweise ist allen Autorinnen und Autoren gemeinsam, dass sie sich über übliche Demarkierungen hinwegsetzen und der Herausforderung einer neuen Disziplin stellen.
Author: Robert C. Spires
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism
Focusing on post-Franco Spanish fiction from 1975 to 1989, Robert C. Spires applies the concepts of episteme and discursive field to the ways in which language from multiple sources determines how reality is defined at a given moment and how it influences ideas, attitudes, and feelings. Spires identifies bonds connecting disparate academic disciplines and sociopolitical events by exploring how the world of fiction serves as a register of the nonfictional world. In 1989 the Soviet bloc, along with other totalitarian regimes in South America and Africa, disappeared from the global geopolitical map. Spain set the precedent for this decentralizing revolution when, in 1975, its longtime dictator, Francisco Franco, died; democratic elections followed two years later. This study records an epistemic shift away from logocentric and totalizing approaches to reality by analyzing the links between the novelistic strategies used by Spanish writers from 1975 to 1989 and recent international events and theoretical trends in science, mathematics, communication studies, and art. Highlighting worldwide processes of fragmentation, decentralization, and pluralism, Spires foregrounds ways in which literary and scientific approaches to and concepts of reality coincide, with fiction serving as one more register of how reality is conceived at a particular point in time. Post-Totalitarian Spanish Fiction makes a major contribution in the field of Spanish literature and will enhance the esteem that contemporary Spanish literature is beginning to achieve internationally. In addition, this "epistemocritical" project will serve as a model for literary critics who wish to accommodate the increasingly popular approach labeled "cultural studies" without surrendering the primacy of the literary text.