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This inaugural volume in the African Perspectives series features the work of new and well-established scholars on the diversity and heterogeneity of African newspapers published from 1880 through the present. Newspapers played a critical role in spreading political awareness among readers who were subject to European colonial rule, often engaging in anticolonial and nationalist discourse or popularizing support for African nationalism and Pan-Africanism. Newspapers also served as incubators of literary experimentation and new and varied cultural communities.

The contributors highlight the actual practices of newspaper production at different regional sites and historical junctures, while also developing a set of methodologies and theories of wider relevance to social historians and literary scholars. The first of four thematic sections, “African Newspaper Networks,” considers the work of newspaper editors and contributors in relating local events and concerns to issues affecting others across the continent and beyond. “Experiments with Genre” explores the literary culture of newspapers that nurtured the development of new literary genres, such as newspaper poetry, realist fiction, photoplays, and travel writing in African languages and in English. “Newspapers and Their Publics” looks at the ways in which African newspapers fostered the creation of new kinds of communities and served as networks for public interaction, political and otherwise. The final section, “Afterlives, ” is about the longue durée of history that newspapers helped to structure, and how, throughout the twentieth century, print allowed contributors to view their writing as material meant for posterity.


Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. A Note on Orthography
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1. Print Culture in Colonial Africa
  2. Derek R. Peterson and Emma Hunter
  3. pp. 1-46
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  1. Part I. African Newspaper Networks
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Chapter 2. Transatlantic Passages: Black Identity Construction in West African and West Indian Newspapers, 1935–1950
  2. Leslie James
  3. pp. 49-74
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  1. Chapter 3. Creole Pioneers in the Nigerian Provincial Press
  2. David Pratten
  3. pp. 75-101
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  1. Chapter 4. The Sociability of Print: 1920s and 1930s Lagos Newspaper Travel Writing
  2. Rebecca Jones
  3. pp. 102-124
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  1. Chapter 5. Colonial Modernity and Tradition: Herbert Macaulay, the Newspaper Press, and the (Re)Production of Engaged Publics in Colonial Lagos
  2. Wale Adebanwi
  3. pp. 125-148
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  1. Part II. Experiments with Genre
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Chapter 6. Experiments with Genre in Yoruba Newspapers of the 1920s
  2. Karin Barber
  3. pp. 151-178
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  1. Chapter 7. Everyday Poetry from Tanzania: Microcosm of the Newspaper Genre
  2. Kelly Askew
  3. pp. 179-223
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  1. Chapter 8. Private Entertainment Magazines and Popular Literature Production in Socialist Tanzania
  2. Uta Reuster-Jahn
  3. pp. 224-250
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  1. Chapter 9. “True to Life”: Illuminating the Processes and Modes of Yoruba Photoplays
  2. Olubukola A. Gbadegesin
  3. pp. 251-280
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  1. Part III. Newspapers and Their Publics
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. Chapter 10. Komkya and the Convening of a Chagga Public, 1953–1961
  2. Emma Hunter
  3. pp. 283-305
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  1. Chapter 11. Making Constituency in the Province: The Osumare Egba (1935–1937) and the Agenda of Abẹokuta Modernization
  2. Oluwatoyin Babatunde Oduntan
  3. pp. 306-334
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  1. Chapter 12. “I will decide who will speak”: Street Parliaments and the Newspaper Ecology in Eldoret’s Kamukunji
  2. Duncan Omanga
  3. pp. 335-358
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  1. Part IV. Afterlives
  2. pp. 359-360
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  1. Chapter 13. The Afterlife of Words: Magema Fuze, Bilingual Print Journalism, and the Making of a Self-Archive
  2. Hlonipha Mokoena
  3. pp. 361-388
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  1. Chapter 14. From Corpse to Corpus: The Printing of Death in Colonial West Africa
  2. Stephanie Newell
  3. pp. 389-424
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  1. Chapter 15. Afterword
  2. Stephanie Newell
  3. pp. 425-434
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 435-438
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-448
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472122134
Print ISBN
9780472073177
MARC Record
OCLC
960701533
Pages
440
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-26
Language
English
Open Access
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