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Fears, Doubts and Joys of Not Belonging
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This book is an opportune warning that alienation, estrangement and intentional diminishment serve as a cancer upon those who disburse it. The outsider suffers by being alone; the insider suffers even more by being forever known as a hypocrite who perpetuates dystopia. It uses literature as a hothouse for poisonous potted plants, the workings of a mind in turmoil and the exploration of a society or societies that seems to derive pleasure from othersí ruin. Fears, Doubts, and Joy of Not Belonging considers themes that are biblical in scope from different societies and historical epochs. It is a sobering spiritual enlightenment of a childís ìsilent treatmentî in adult form. The text complements language engineers and social scientists who are on a quest or search for how the individual responds to pressure that is unexpected, ill-conceived and in desperate need of alleviation. Not only does this particular type of cancer differ from the type a surgeon can treat, the stage at which this malady is diagnosed causes far more problems than if it were dealt with head on. Pursuing numerous examples of estrangement, this diverse text delves into a wide spectrum of human behavior while coming to the realization that these problems are universal and have been with us for a long, long time. The purpose of resistance, individuality and personal identity is to rise above these obstacles without losing hope, resilience or optimism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. The Editors
  2. pp. iii-vii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxviii
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  1. Section I: Prose and Verse on the Verge
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. Bill F. Ndi’s Social Angst and Humanist Vision
  2. Emmanuel Fru Doh
  3. pp. 3-30
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  1. Chapter 2. In Moments like These: Emmanuel Fru Doh and the Mirrors of Romanticism
  2. Antonio Jimenez Munoz
  3. pp. 31-54
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  1. Chapter 3. Warring Estrangement in E. Coxere’s Adventures by Sea
  2. Bill F. Ndi
  3. pp. 55-80
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  1. Section II: Outside Looking in
  2. pp. 81-82
  1. Chapter 4. Out of the Circle: United Marginals in Francis B. Nyamnjoh’s The Travail of Dieudonné
  2. Adaku T. Ankumah
  3. pp. 83-106
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  1. Chapter 5. F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Pain of Exclusion
  2. Benjamin Hart Fishkin
  3. pp. 107-124
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  1. Chapter 6. Minority Identity and the Question of Social Failure in John N. Nkengasong’s Across the Mongolo
  2. Blossom Fondo
  3. pp. 125-152
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  1. Chapter 7. Changing the Status Quo from the Margins in Bill F. Ndi’s Gods in the Ivory Towers
  2. Adaku T. Ankumah
  3. pp. 153-172
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  1. Section III: Strangers at Home and Abroad
  2. pp. 173-174
  1. Chapter 8. A Costly Gift to the Receiver: Francis B. Nyamnjoh and the Alienation of the African
  2. Benjamin Hart Fishkin
  3. pp. 175-196
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  1. Chapter 9. Willful and/or Imposed Alienation in Recent African Emigration Narratives
  2. Robert Alvin Miller and Gloria Nne Onyeoziri
  3. pp. 197-214
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  1. Chapter 10. Blighting Companionship: Emmanuel Fru Doh’s The Fire Within, A Tale of Passion and Alienation
  2. Bill F. Ndi
  3. pp. 215-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Back Cover
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