Perspectives on Written Cameroon Literature in English
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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Afuh‚Äôs Born Before Her Time.‚Äô Paper presented at ACWA first 9. ‚ÄėThe Anti-Heroes of L. T. Asong‚Äôs Fiction: Focus on Four 11. ‚ÄėPedagogy of the Deprived: A Study of the Plays of Victor 12. ‚ÄėAnatomy of a Short Story: An Analysis of Bole Butake‚Äôs 14. ‚ÄėThe Modernist Character of Bate Besong‚Äôs Poetry.‚Äô Paper ...
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...literature has a great deal to write home about even if it still has resides in the fact that although the scale of literary creativity accessible because they are scattered in publications within and creativity and criticism, for my part, I have had a clear vision treatment of the overall subject matter of the book. It puts the ...
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...writers, literary critics and historians for his seminal article: ‚ÄúThe Paucity of Literary Creativity in Anglophone Cameroon.‚ÄĚ 1978, sparked off, for several years, a lively debate in English had settled on the issue, it became clear that there was actually been doing creative writing before that provocative article was ...
Part One: General Essays
1. Half a Century of Written Anglophone Cameroon Literature
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Anglophone Cameroon literature. But six years earlier, in 1953, written but not yet published, a major essay ‚ÄėAs I See It‚Äô, a Now, from 1959 to 2008 is close to 50 years, or half a century. Fifty years in the life of many individuals, couples, institutions or organizations is a time for reflection, a time for stocktaking, ...
2. Critical Approaches in the Criticism of Cameroon Literature of English Expression
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Literary criticism is the examination, description, analysis and evaluation of works of literature through the aid of formulated values that are subjective rather than scientific, literary criticism is a controversial discipline. Its speculative nature attracts many views, but the opinions that count are those governed, first, by ...
3. Cameroonian Creative Writers and the Language Problem
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...one. Cameroonian creative writers of international standing are author of this article holds the view that critics should not be a credible tool for sustained imaginative writing. Consequently, eloquence found in our oral tradition so as to incorporate them writers are already doing. The most proper thing is, of course, ...
4. The African Writer and the Preservation of Cultural Values
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...dear readers, these are some of the questions I will attempt to discuss in this article. And without any delay, I would like to first define the word ‚ÄúCulture.‚ÄĚ You can take my word for it Gordian knot by saying that culture relates to that quality that distinguishes a whole way of life of a particular group of people ...
5. The Cameroonian Novel of English Expression
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This article is a brief but critical analysis of 22 novels written by ideologically radical as some of their counterparts in drama and characterisation, structure, point of view, and language fairly well, but others have been less successful. Looked at globally, undervaluation of the local languages of the colonized subjects, ...
Part Two: Specific Literary Studies
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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
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...while the superstructure is the ‚Äėcultural world of ideas, art, nothing like an original Marxist aesthetics for the simple reason that beyond their scattered comments on art and literature, the evolved any sustained theory of art and literature. The narrative of Marxist aesthetics today is but an attempt by later scholars ...
7. The Educational Significance of the Cameroon Novel of English Expression: Focus On Four Texts
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...four novels discussed in this article The Deadly Honey (2002) by Eugene J. Kongnyuy, The Disillusioned African (1995) by Francis these characters express themselves, and in the process, reveal their outlook and world-view. They articulate their views about them, subtly persuading us to adopt the writers‚Äô point of view ...
8. Deconstructing Gender Hierarchy: A Study of Margaret Afuh’s Born Before Her Time
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The paper is a feminist reading of Margaret Afuh‚Äôs novel, Born Before Her Time (2003), a text whose significance lies in the fact English expression is that it is generally phallic. For instance, a patriarchy. It is in the context of this patriarchal landscape that we must situate the significant publication, Born Before Her Time ...
9. The Anti-Heroes of L.T. Asong’s Fiction: Focus on Five Novels
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...article are anti-heroes carefully conceived to allow him achieve perspective. This is clearly the case with the following central Pastor Shrapnell in Salvation Colony. These characters essentially heroism is one wherein, in two of the texts, the author ascribes the failure of the protagonists to major flaws in the anti-heroes ...
10. Two Opposing Trends in Mongo Beti’s Fiction: A Study Of Remember Ruben and Perpetua
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...the colonial situation; they dramatise the conflicts of colonial situation and the reactions of individuals to these conflicts. The two relatively recent works that are the subject of this paper, Remember Ruben (1980) and Perpetua and the Habit of Unhappiness pair bestriding the threshold of history: the one is set in the ...
11. Pedagogy of the Deprived: A Study of the Plays of Victor Epie Ngome, Bole Butake and Bate Besong
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Marxist critics have convincingly established the fact that every major literary work is a reflection of the spirit of the society of which it is a product. This principle is generally borne out by and the second part with aspects relating to dramatic technique live together and study each other for ten years, at the end of ...
12. Anatomy of a Short Story: An Analysis of Bole Butake’s “The Way of the City”
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...creative talents that he has published in nearly all the literary genres. A literary critic in his own right, Butake is today largely and irrepressible social critic, concerned with the Cameroonian Professor Butake‚Äôs first love in creative writing was in the short presentation is entitled ‚ÄúAnatomy of a short Story: An Analysis ...
13. The Orality of the Works of Four Anglophone Writers: Linus Asong, Bole Butake, Bongasu Kishani, Fale Wache
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In their well-researched but very provocative and controversial book entitled Toward The Decolonization of African Literature, the sensibility‚Äô involving imported imagery and attitude; that for this literature to be truly decolonized African writers and critics ‚ÄúHopkinsian syntactic jogglery‚ÄĚ1 and draw instead from, and ...
14. The Modernist Character of Bate Besong’s Poetry
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...which are artistically profound and politically correct: he can description of the distinctive combative spirit of most of Bate Besong‚Äôs own poetry, or imaginative writing in general, for that matter; for it is impossible to understand the bulk of his poetic with the cryptic title of Just above Cameroon (1998), Bate Besong ...
15. The Quintessence of Bernard Fonlon
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...beauty, were to float like Noah‚Äôs Ark and remain to tell to the rest of the world the story of literary excellence from Africa, other words, the strength of Fonlon‚Äôs The Genuine Intellectual the Purpose of University Studies. There is at the beginning of the book an interesting and absorbing history of the origin and ...
Part Three: Book Reviews
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16. Bole Butake, Lake God and Other Plays Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 1999
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...rule, rapacious greed, corruption, immorality and the misuse of power. This malpractice by the elite in control of the reins of exploitation of a human situation (The Survivors); dictatorial rule in a local chiefdom, the use or misuse of power, as well as the and absolute power corrupts absolutely (Dance of the Vampires); ...
17. L. T. Asong, The Akroma File , Bamenda: Patron Publishing House, 1997
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...himself on the international literary scene, making it impossible reputation will henceforth rest is the novel entitled The Akroma File, a rare fictional exploration of criminology with frightening Ghana and still leave him a millionaire. This he does essentially Hanson, a Liberian investor traveling incognito to avoid taxes. ...
18. Alobwed’Epie, The Death Certificate , Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 2004
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...allegory of great resonance which, like Bole Butake‚Äôs dramatic institutions. He therefore enjoys unlimited access to cash at any neigbouring country, in a bid to forestall a possible prosecution death in earnest, his widow, Yvonne Antoinette, remarries, this account, legally putting the money far beyond Meka‚Äôs reach, a ...
19. John Nkemngong Nkengasong, Across the Mongolo, Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited, 2004
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Certificate(November, 2004 ), John N. Nkengasong‚Äôs Across The subject matter and the manner in which it is constructed, Across Anglophone state of Kama, the novel‚Äôs central character, Ngwe interest, gamble, injustice and disorder are the Besaadi order of the day. Despite the official bilingual status of the country with, ...
20. Alobwed’Epie, The Lady With A Beard, Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 2005.
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The Lady with a Beard, a novel that further enriches our literary ideologically speaking, Alobwed‚ÄôEpie‚Äôs previous novel projects visionary radicalism, the present one evinces liberal humanism, derives its title. A widow for long at loggerheads with the men of her village because she has refused to ‚Äėbecome an elephant ...
21. John Nkemngong Nkengasong, The Widow’s Might, Yaoundé: Editions CLE, 2006
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...than two years. One can imagine, with such a flurry of fictional opens with the death of the pivotal character and politician, a to rest. Initially told by the third person omniscient narrator, the bulk of the story is focalized, through the elaborate use of novelist does even more; he critically but artistically passes in ...
22. John Ngong Kum, Walls of Agony, Yaoundé: Editions CLE 2006
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They are Battle for Survival (June 2006) a play, and Walls of Agony with the latter, putting on hold the former. Walls of Agony has strength and a potential for positive change, it translates into a directed against all those who erect these polyvalent tribal walls the Inferior Other. His ire is aimed at those who fan the flames ...
23. John Ngong Kum, Battle for Survival, Yaoundé: Editions CLE 2006
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Battle for Survival, with the intention of coming back to it. With prosperity. The play foregrounds the Scarlet Star Booster Club, a demonic cult which has as its exclusive members, the military, possessions come easily. Once in it, you may well say, ‚Äėsuffer done finish‚Äô as the world knows it. It therefore takes a great ...
24. Introducing L. T. Asong: “The Major Talent Of Cameroon Fiction In English”
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In their seminal article, ‚ÄúCameroon Literature in English‚ÄĚ, in twentieth century include A Legend of the Dead (1991), The Crown of Thorns (1993), No Way to Die (1993), The Akroma File (1996), broad spectrum of imaginative experience, it is difficult to find Asong‚Äôs creative works. However, one thing that is clear with ...
25. Francis B. Nyamnjoh, A Nose for Money, East African Educational Publishers Ltd, 2006
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...writer whose publications in fiction, drama and scholarly essays have won him rave reviews. A Nose for Money (2006) is his third novel, coming after Mind Searching (1991) and The Disillusioned contrast to his previous texts constructed within the modernist society in the grip of materialism and the crave for pleasures of ...
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Cameroon literature ever since the first essay in this book was reward literary excellence has taken off with its first laureates in critical text: Landscaping Anglophone Postcoloniality (2009); Emma (Fiction) has edited and published The Spirit Machine and Other the first decade of the 21st century is inextricably linked to the ...
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In 2009, Anglophone Cameroon literature celebrated its Ô¨Ā fty years of existence. Now at the mature age of Ô¨Ā fty 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 ...
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Publication Year: 2013