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Africa in Narratives

Chin Ce, Charles Smith

Publication Year: 2014

Africa in Narratives illuminates or proves, against the backdrop of attitudes toward nations deemed ëethnicí or ëminoritiesí, that literature in Africa can live up to the challenge of aesthetic imagination to form an active, refreshing part of world cultural discourse. African countries have evolved imaginatively beyond their present ephemeral stages of social and political turmoil not to talk of intellectual imitations of western thought, nation literatures should be subject to the imperative of a continental cooperation.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 4

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pp. 5-6

Our Africa in Narratives critical volume further illuminates or proves, against the backdrop of attitudes toward nations deemed 'ethnic' or minorities,' that literature in Africa can lived up to the challenge of esthetic imagination to form an active, refreshing part of world cultural discourse. ...

Writer's Forum

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Chapter One - Literature and Leadership Issues

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pp. 8-30

Modern Nigerian writing, like the post colonial state, has run full cycle for forty years and cycles ever after around the wheel of poverty and underdevelopment for which the country has become notorious. Many of her writers have often sounded like Rosse in Shakespeare's Macbeth lamenting the Scottish homeland during the tyranny of the usurper king ...


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Chapter Two - African in the Narratives of Laurence

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pp. 32-56

Africa continues to feature in global discourses whether in the realm of politics, culture, economics, and religion or other universal issues of human interests. These growing interests in the continent derives perhaps from its peculiar history as one recovering from prolonged imperial conquest from Europe and the Americas, ...

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Chapter Three - The Literary Economy of Congo Diary

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pp. 57-79

When Joseph Conrad arrived in the Congo on June 12th 1890, he began a diary1 whose first entry was dated June 13th 1890. He spent six months there, having been employed by the Belgian Societé Anonyme pour le Commerce du Haut-Congo, a company with extensive interests in the Congo Free State and identified in the diary as "the Company". ...

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Chapter Four - Apport de l'oeuvre de jacques Roumain

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pp. 80-103

Haitïen, né en 1907 à Port-au-Prince Jacques Roumain a laisse des reuvres importantes, au total onze ouvrages dans plusieurs genres: nouvelles, romans, récits, essais, poèmes. Nous nous intéressons à quatre de ces ouvrages: Poèmes "Le Nouveau Sermon Nègre" La Montagne Ensorcelee, La Proie et L'Ombre, et Gouverneurs de La Rosée. ...

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Chapter Five - The Feminist Impulse

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pp. 104-116

Since the advent of time and civilization, females have confronted what they perceive to be the male domination of affairs in the human society. According to the African-American feminist critic, May Helen Washington, all facets of the society must conform to the male order before they are adjudged to be correct. ...

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Chapter Six - Ngugi's Marxist Aesthetics

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pp. 117-136

The core of Marxism can be located in the primacy of matter over mind. For Marx and Engels, it is the economic that governs and defines the basis of every relationship. In the 'Manifesto of the Communist Party' Marx and Engels (51) aver that man's consciousness changes with every change in the conditions of his material existence in his social relations and in his social life. ...

Chat Forum

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Chapter Seven - Functionalism in African Literature

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pp. 138-162

"When I was in the university, most of our lecturers sounded as if we didn't have drama in Africa. Eventually when I got to the United States I came in contact with drama works from other parts of the world. I saw Japanese and Chinese drama. But above all (I saw) how drama was presented in Japanese culture for instance. ...


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Chapter Eight - Sunset and the Innocent Victims

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pp. 164-179

Innocent Victims is Abubakar Gimba's third novel. It is a story of fraud, abuse of power and political machinery for selfish ends. The action of the novel is centred on Faruk Kolo, and his department of food and animal production, where he is director-general. The setting is the civil service as an institution under a military regime ...

Notes and Bibliography

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pp. 180-192

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Post Colonial Identites, Series Page, Back Cover

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pp. 193-195

Postcolonial Identities revisits issues regarding the newer literatures within this expansive African heritage of diverse regional and national groupings. We have aimed at substantiating the cultural uniformity of Africa in terms of literary and cultural movements and lending some inter-disciplinary insights to Africa's prolific body of literature as a whole through the complex course of its twentieth century history. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9789783603691
Print-ISBN-13: 9789783708587

Page Count: 194
Publication Year: 2014