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Perspectives on Written Cameroon Literature in English
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In 2009, Anglophone Cameroon literature celebrated its fifty years of existence. Now at the mature age of fifty plus this literature has a great deal to write home about even if it still has a lot to do in its pursuit of excellence. Part of its maturity resides in the fact that although the scale of literary creativity and literary criticism is skewed in favour of the former, Anglophone Cameroon literary criticism is gradually waking up from slumber in an attempt to catch up with the rapidly expanding creativity. The essays in this book comment practically on some aspects of all the genres of written literature that the Anglophone Cameroon creative writers have produced so far: the novel, drama, poetry, the short story, the essay and childrenís literature. The essays, on the whole, are a testimony of the transition and reality from the apparent drought of Anglophone Cameroon literary paucity to the actual fruitful period of Anglophone Cameroon abundance of literary creativity. The Anglophone Cameroonians have appropriated an imperial language, English, to serve their postcolonial Cameroonian vision. Their various literary texts are vehicles of representations that are essentially cultural and ideological constructs. The works examined are initially anchored on Cameroonian experiences to take on social significance. As they are grounded on moving human experiences, these works necessarily make references to the immediate Cameroonian environment of their authors before taking on universal human significance. The book abundantly evidences and crowns Shadrach Ambanasomís achievements and reputation as a skilled pedagogue on the art of practical literary criticism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-vi
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  1. Sources
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Part One: General Essays
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Half a Century of Written Anglophone Cameroon Literature
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. 2. Critical Approaches in the Criticism of Cameroon Literature of English Expression
  2. pp. 33-50
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  1. 3. Cameroonian Creative Writers and the Language Problem
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. 4. The African Writer and the Preservation of Cultural Values
  2. pp. 67-78
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  1. 5. The Cameroonian Novel of English Expression
  2. pp. 79-97
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  1. Part Two: Specific Literary Studies
  2. pp. 98-100
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  1. 6. Ideology In Three Dramatic Works: Victor Epie Ngome’s What God Has Put Asunder, And Bate Besong’s Beasts Of No Nation And Requiem For The Last Kaiser
  2. pp. 101-140
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  1. 7. The Educational Significance of the Cameroon Novel of English Expression: Focus On Four Texts
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 8. Deconstructing Gender Hierarchy: A Study of Margaret Afuh’s Born Before Her Time
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. 9. The Anti-Heroes of L.T. Asong’s Fiction: Focus on Five Novels
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. 10. Two Opposing Trends in Mongo Beti’s Fiction: A Study Of Remember Ruben and Perpetua
  2. pp. 197-212
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  1. 11. Pedagogy of the Deprived: A Study of the Plays of Victor Epie Ngome, Bole Butake and Bate Besong
  2. pp. 213-230
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  1. 12. Anatomy of a Short Story: An Analysis of Bole Butake’s “The Way of the City”
  2. pp. 231-236
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  1. 13. The Orality of the Works of Four Anglophone Writers: Linus Asong, Bole Butake, Bongasu Kishani, Fale Wache
  2. pp. 237-256
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  1. 14. The Modernist Character of Bate Besong’s Poetry
  2. pp. 257-268
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  1. 15. The Quintessence of Bernard Fonlon
  2. pp. 269-281
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  1. Part Three: Book Reviews
  2. pp. 282-303
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  1. 16. Bole Butake, Lake God and Other Plays, Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 1999
  2. pp. 283-286
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  1. 17. L. T. Asong, The Akroma File, Bamenda: Patron Publishing House, 1997
  2. pp. 287-292
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  1. 18. Alobwed’Epie, The Death Certificate, Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 2004
  2. pp. 293-298
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  1. 19. John Nkemngong Nkengasong, Across the Mongolo, Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited, 2004
  2. pp. 299-302
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  1. 20. Alobwed’Epie, The Lady With A BeardYaoundé: Editions CLE, 2005.
  2. pp. 303-329
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  1. 21. John Nkemngong Nkengasong, The Widow’s Might, Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 2006
  2. pp. 330-312
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  1. 22. John Ngong Kum, Walls of Agony, Yaoundé: Editions CLE 2006
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. 23. John Ngong Kum, Battle for Survival, Yaoundé: Editions CLE 2006
  2. pp. 317-320
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  1. 24. Introducing L. T. Asong: “The Major Talent Of Cameroon Fiction In English”
  2. pp. 321-326
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  1. 25. Francis B. Nyamnjoh, A Nose for Money, East African Educational Publishers Ltd, 2006
  2. pp. 327-332
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 333-340
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 362-362
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