Africa Writes Back to Self

Author: Evan Mwangi
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438426976
Release Date: 2010-07-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.

Critical Terms for the Study of Africa

Author: Gaurav Desai
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226549026
Release Date: 2018-12-31
Genre: History

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.

Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa

Author: Ashley Currier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108427890
Release Date: 2018-11-29
Genre: History

This timely account of politicized homophobia contests portrayals of the African continent as hopelessly homophobic, highlighting how elites deploy it.

Writing Contemporary Nigeria How Sefi Atta Illuminates African Culture and Tradition

Author: Walter Collins
Publisher: Cambria Press
ISBN: 9781621967217
Release Date: 2015-09-18
Genre: Literary Criticism

Sefi Atta is one of the latest in a great line of female Nigerian writers. her works have garnered several literary awards; these include the Red Hen Press Short Story Award, the PEN International David TK Wong Prize, the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Atta's oeuvre has received the praise and respect of several noted African writers such as Buchi Emecheta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Helon Habila. Atta's insights into the roles and treatment of women, neocolonial government structures, patriarchy, 21st-century phenomena such as Nigerian e-mail phishing and the role of geography and place in characters' lives make her works some of the most indelible offerings across contemporary African fiction. Nevertheless, there exists a relative dearth of critical analyses of her works. That Atta writes across the genres perhaps explains some of the lack of literary criticism of her works. This study will facilitate continued examination of Atta's writings and further dissemination of critique. In this premiere edited volume on the works of Sefi Atta, Collins has assembled contributors from around the globe who offer critical analysis on each of Atta's published novels and several of her short stories. The volume is divided into four sections with chapters grouped by thematic connections-Sisterhood, Womanhood and Rites of Passage, The City, Dark Aspects of Atta's Works and Atta's Literature in Application. The book examines Atta's treatment of these themes while referencing the proficiency of her writing and style. The collection includes an interview with Atta where she offers an insightful and progressive perspective on current language use by Africans. This book is the first aggregate of literary critique on selected works of Sefi Atta. This book is an important volume of literary criticism for all literature, world literature and African literature collections. It is part of the Cambria African Studies Series headed by Toyin Falola (University of Texas at Austin) with Moses Ochonu (Vanderbilt University).

Reading Migration and Culture

Author: D. Ojwang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137262967
Release Date: 2012-12-14
Genre: Literary Criticism

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.

Toward the Geopolitical Novel

Author: Caren Irr
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231536318
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.

Translation in African Contexts

Author: Evan Maina Mwangi
Publisher: Translation Studies
ISBN: 1606353217
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.

TDR

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105133610142
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Theater


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ISBN: UCSC:32106021251472
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Academic libraries


Ich habe einen Namen

Author: Lawrence Hill
Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag
ISBN: 9783832186555
Release Date: 2012-08-17
Genre: Fiction

Westafrika, Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Die kleine Aminata lebt mit ihren Eltern in einer friedlichen Dorfgemeinschaft. Doch der Sklavenhandel blüht, auf den Plantagen der neuen Kolonien braucht man Arbeitskräfte, und die britischen Machthaber sind skrupellos. Als Aminata elf Jahre alt ist, wird ihr Dorf überfallen und sie gefangengenommen. Auf einem Frachter bringt man sie mit vielen anderen Sklaven nach Amerika, wo sie an einen Großgrundbesitzer verkauft wird. Während der Wirren des Unabhängigkeitskriegs gelingt Aminata die Flucht. Sie folgt ihrem Herzen zurück nach Afrika und von dort nach London, um für die Befreiung der Schwarzen zu kämpfen. Ihre Geschichte ist das eindrückliche Porträt einer unglaublich starken Frau, die es geschafft hat, schwierigste Bedingungen zu überleben und dabei anderen zu helfen. Es ist eine Geschichte, die man nicht wieder vergisst, voller Hoffnung und Zuversicht.

Der blinde M rder

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492977449
Release Date: 2017-07-03
Genre: Fiction

Kanada, in den 1930er Jahren: Laura, fünfzehnjährige Tochter eines Fabrikanten, verfällt einem Gewerkschaftsagitator. Doch auch für ihre Schwester Iris verkörpert er das romantische Ideal eines Mannes. Als Laura von seinem Tod erfährt, begeht sie Selbstmord. Zurück bleibt ein Manuskript mit dem Titel »Der blinde Mörder«, das Laura postum berühmt macht. Aber ist sie wirklich die Autorin? Iris versucht Jahre später, sich rückblickend Klarheit über die Geschehnisse zu verschaffen.

Metzler Lexikon Literatur und Kulturtheorie

Author: Ansgar Nünning
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783476036896
Release Date: 2016-10-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Kultur- und literaturwissenschaftliche Theorien schießen heute wie Pilze aus dem Boden. Den Überblick behalten, heißt die Devise. Welche Konzepte sind relevant? Welche Begriffe spielen eine tragende Rolle? Wie haben sich die literaturgeschichtlichen Modelle entwickelt? Welche Autoren prägen die gegenwärtigen Diskurse? In rund 720 kompakten Artikeln verwandeln sich abstrakte Begriffe und komplexe Modelle in gut verständliches Grundlagenwissen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die großen Theorien wie z.B. Dekonstruktion, feministische Literaturtheorie, Konstruktivismus, New Historicism, Mentalitätsgeschichte, postkoloniale Literaturkritik und Poststrukturalismus. Von Aristoteles über Derrida, Foucault, Greenblatt bis Hayden White, von Appellfunktion bis Zirkulation - kein bedeutender Theoretiker und kein zentraler Begriff wird außer Acht gelassen. Was ist neu in der 3. Auflage? Grundlegend überarbeitet manifestiert das Werk wieder den neuesten Forschungsstand. Und: 20 Artikel zu interdisziplinären und intermedialen Aspekten der Theoriebildung vervollständigen den Klassiker. Ein Muss für alle, die sich mit Literatur- und Kulturtheorie befassen.

Das Museum der Unschuld

Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 9783446252363
Release Date: 2016-03-14
Genre: Fiction

Kemal, ein junger Mann aus der Oberschicht Istanbuls, verfällt der Liebe zu einer armen Verwandten - der blutjungen, naiven und wunderschönen Füsun. Was als Affäre begonnen hat, wächst sich bald zu einer Obsession aus, doch das hindert Kemal nicht daran, die Beziehung mit seiner Verlobten fortzuführen. Nach dem rauschenden Verlobungsfest lässt sich die Geliebte nicht mehr blicken. Verzweifelt erkennt Kemal, dass er Füsun über alles liebt. Doch es ist zu spät. Der Nobelpreisträger Orhan Pamuk erzählt in seinem großen Liebesroman von einer Gesellschaftsschicht der Türkei, die in vielem ganz und gar westlich scheint und doch noch traditionelle Züge trägt - ein Kontrast, der subtile Ironie erzeugt.