In this Book

Many African countries achieved independence from their colonisers over five decades ago, but the people and the continent largely remain mere spectators in the arena of their own dance. The post-independence states are supposed to be sovereign, but the levers of economic and political powers still reside in the donor states. Not in many fora is the complex reality that defines Africa more trenchantly articulated than in imaginative literature produced about and on the continent. This is the crux of the essays collected in African Literature and the Future. The book reflects on Africa�s past and present, addressing anxieties about the future through the epistemological lens of literature. The contributors peep ahead from a backward glance. They dissect the trend and tenor of politics and their impact on the socio-cultural and economic development of the continent as portrayed in imaginative writings over the years. One salient feature of African literature is the close affinity between art and politics in its polemics. This is well established in all the six essays in the book as the authors stress the interconnections between literature and society in their textual analyses. On the whole, there is an overwhelming feeling of angst and pessimism, but the authors perceive a glimmer of hope despite daunting odds, under different conditions. Thus, they depict the plausible fate of Africa in the twenty-first century, as informed by its ancient and recent past, gleaned from primary texts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction. Present Tension in Future Tenses: Re-writing Africa into the Twenty-first Century
  2. Gbemisola Adeoti
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Orality, Modernity and African Development: Myth as Dialogue of Civilisations
  2. Inyani Simala
  3. pp. 15-32
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  1. 2. Requiem for Absolutism: Soyinka and the Re-visioning of Governance in Twenty-first Century Africa
  2. Gbemisola Adeoti
  3. pp. 33-48
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  1. 3. A Critical Discourse Evaluation of Decolonisation and Democratisation: Issues in Africa as Exemplified in Soyinka’s Non-fictional Texts
  2. Henry Hunjo
  3. pp. 49-58
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  1. 4. Power, Artistic Agency and Poetic Discourse: Poetry as Cultural Critique in Africa
  2. Sule E. Egya
  3. pp. 59-76
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  1. 5. African Literature and the Anxiety of Being in the Twenty-first Century
  2. Stephen Ogundipe
  3. pp. 77-88
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  1. 6. A Critical Analysis of Prophetic Myths in the Selected Fiction of Ben Okri
  2. Olusola Ogunbayo
  3. pp. 89-104
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  1. Back Cover
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