Critical Perspectives on Cameroon Writing
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: African Books Collective
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It has been observed that Cameroon literature is very rich, yet criticism of this has for a long time been the preserve of foreigners rather than nationals, who seem to think that they ought to consume that which comes from abroad and ignore that which is produced within their country. However, a first attempt was made in 1977 at the University ...
1. Welcome Address Presented By the Vice-chancellor of the University of Buea Dr. Dorothy L. Njeuma on the Occasion of the Opening Ceremony 1 December 1994
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Your Excellency the Minister in charge of Special Duties at the After the University of Yaoundé II at Soa, the University of Yaoundé I at NgoaEkele and the University of Ngaoundere, it is the turn of the University of Buea to receive Your Excellency, Minister of Higher Education, and Dr. Peter Agbor Tabi. We are highly honoured indeed, ...
2. Opening Address by Dr. Peter Agbor Tabi, Minister of Higher Education on the Occasion of the Opening Ceremony, 1 December 1994
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Your Excellency the Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Let me, first of all, on behalf of the family of Higher Education in our country, and in my capacity as Chancellor of the Universities, welcome It gives me great pleasure to officiate at the opening ceremony of this major cultural event which brings together distinguished writers ...
3. Keynote Address: The Writer as Visionary
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No one gives soul to something he does not understand, something he does not fully appreciate and does not know; because soul is the ultimate affirmation of the reality I will begin my discourse by showing proof that I know who I am. My name is Bole Butake; born on July 28, 1947, of peasant parents in Nkor, the headquarters of present-day Noni Sub-Division, in Bui ...
4. Une Nécrologie: La Critique Littéraire Au Cameroun
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II peut paraître paradoxal que dans un pays ou la littérature est des plus florissantes et qui compte des critiques dynamiques, bardés de diplômes, un tour d’horizon de l’activité critique commence par une nécrologie. Sans doute me fait-on le reproche de toujours réver à la cité parfaite mais que représente la production critique réelle en ce pays par ...
5. The Indigenous and the Alien In Cameroon Writing
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Although Cameroon has made tremendous progress with the written word, a tradition inherited from the West, the dominant mode of cultural transmission remains the spoken word. Cameroon Writing is contextualized within a triple heritage of indigenous imperatives, Eastern traditions and Western legacies, some of which foster as well ...
6. Le Dépassement Ethnique: Esquisse D’une Théorie De L’identité
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Le dépassement ethnique est un essai de théorisation d’un problème dont dépend la survie de notre société ou la figuration de notre identité. Le problème est de savoir si l’ethnie est une donnée éternelle pour l’Afrique en général et pour le Cameroun en particulier, donnée qu’il faut par conséquent assumer et entériner en l’état ou si, au ...
7. La Ville Et La Création Littéraire Camerounaise
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La source première de la création littéraire n’a pas cessé d’animer des débats dans le champ de la critique. Chaque école en arrive à illustrer une position particulière. Avant la nouvelle critique qui dénie toute influence externe dans la gestation d’une oeuvre, de nombreuses considérations ont été exploitées. Certains ont trouvé en l’histoire un ...
8. Trends in Female Names in Cameroon: An Expression of Self -Affirmation?
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Feminism which has held sway since the mid-seventies has persistently urged for equal rights and opportunities in all domains of life for the both genders. In order to achieve such objectives feminists have moved from a concern with general identity to difference, from a concern with incompleteness to wholeness, and from a concern with ...
9. Littérature Camerounaise en Français: Voix et Voies d’Aujourd’hui
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Par une espèce de reflexe ou d’inconscient collectif, l’on a tendance, parlant littérature camerounaise en français, a toujours focaliser le discours sur ceux qui en ont assis la réputation depuis l’époque coloniale jusqu’aux premières decénnies de l’indépendance. Mongo Béti, Ferdinand Oyono, Francesco Ditsouna, Guilliaume Oyono-Mbia, ...
10. Toward A More Humanized World: The Moral Obligation of Africa’s Intellectuals: The Case of Cameroon
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Africa has always gone down badly into history books as the continent with gruesome stories and gory sights. Talk to many people in Europe and about this continent and all they know of the land is dreadfully malnourished children, frightfully looking AIDS patients, skeletal and Many Africans today feel ashamed of this picture of the continent ...
11. Literature in Anglophone Cameroon and the African Context: Towards a Sociology of Cameroon Anglophone Writing
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Cameroon Literature, it would also be necessary to attempt sociology of Cameroon literature. Examining relevant e literature we thought it worthwhile to narrow down to a sociological analysis of Anglophone Cameroon Writing. Two reasons justify our approach. Firstly some groundwork has been done in, terms of the Sociology of Literature as a ...
12. L’envers d’oedipe Ou les Onze Travaux de Djeki
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Mise en scène de la conception qui a notre société traditionnelle des bons rapports qui devraient présider entre les hommes, entre ceux-ci et la nature entière, ainsi que de l’intérêt de la connaissance de ces lois pour la réussite de l’ensemble du corps social, le mythe de DJEKI LA NJAMBE s’avère être un véhicule fantastique de communication et un ...
13. Folklore and Identity: Lessons for Cameroon
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Igbos of Nigeria proverbially contend that “the firewood which a people have ‘adequate for the kind of cooking they do”. (Achebe, 1975: 17) This is an ‘on testable fact, for no amount of carefully selected wood, for instance, will help in the preparation of salad. On the other hand, the Igbo akpo, the Bayang eru, the rubaamala, the ...
14. Les Merveilleux Exploits de Djeki La Njambe : De l’épopée A La Scène Ou Les Méandres D’une Adaptation Théâtrale
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La présente communication est un maillon d’une longue cogitation sur la recherche de modèles authentiques, réponses à la dérive morale et sociale connue aujourd’hui par la jeunesse africaine désarçonnée et existante dans nos sociétés en mal d’héroïsme et de valeurs. (Etonde-Dans cette quête, j’ai emboîté le pas à Henri Lopès en privilégiant ...
15. Folk Tales Tradition and the Modern Short Story in Anglophone Cameroon Writing: from Signifying to Moralizing
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...expressed, cultures, Folktales were the first forms of literary expression used to transmit norms, traditions and general modes of life. Full of wisdom, the stories were meant convey a real philosophy of life and to Africa as a whole), seem to follow the tradition of folk tales in their attitudes, active techniques, style and structure as they tend to write ...
16. Prisoner Without A Crime d’Albert Mukong: Une Etude De l’univers Carceral
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Le livre d’Albert Mukong, Prisoner without a crime (1) n’est pas une œuvre fiction. C’est le témoignage d’un homme, l’histoire d’un destin. La nature autobiographique de ce texte ne lui dénie pas les inspirations annexes qu’il contient. Il peut apparaître tour à tour historique: il série alors des faits, des particule déictiques à valeur temporelle. Il s’octroie ...
17. The Black Condition: Material Wretchedness Versus Moral Integrity In Remy Gilbert Medou-Mvomo’s Le Journal De Faliou
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Few Cameroonian authors in search of self- fulfilment and wholesome have been so committed, penetrating and outspoken in depicting the wandering character of Medou-Mvomo’s protagonist in Le journal de Faliou ( 1972) for whom self-fulfilment is hard to come because of the modern African intellectual, who has become not only a misfit but also ...
18. A Sociolinguistic Appreciation Of Asong’s The Crown Of Thorns
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The objective of this paper is to analyse Asong’s first novel from a sociolinguistic perspective. Based on the theories enunciated by Saussure, Barthes, and Stubbs, The Crown of Thorns is read as a semiological system with a system of structures. It is the amalgamation manifested by the different but principal characters in the world of the ...
19. Isn’t Woman Woman’s Worst Enemy? An Appraisal of the Feminism Of Liking And Beyala
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...margin to the centre of literary creation. Though for a long time they had played second fiddle in that area, as they still do in so many others in the mainstream society. the vibrancy of Rabiatou Njoya, Roselyn Jua, Calixthe Beyala and Were Were Liking (to name but a few), is now This paper falls into three parts in which I examine the evolution ...
20. Rectifications Et Infirmations:L’image De L’homme Chez Deux Romancières Camerounaises
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Qu’il soit père ou frère, époux ou amant, l’homme apparaît généralement dans l’émergeante écriture féminine d’Afrique noire malheurs de sa congénère. L’inconstance, l’infidélité et la duplicité représentent les lieux des discours d’Un chant éclate (1981), Fureurs et cris de femmes (1989), La Brise du jour (1978) où des Don Juan contraignent ...
21. A Psychoanalytical Reading of Asong’s No Way To Die
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Psychoanalytic interpretation of African works of art in general and criticism can be traced to Sigmund Freud or even earlier it has rarely been applied to elucidate or explicate works of art to illustrate the artistically conceived masterpieces. Consequently, our study intends to convey and promote this school of criticism of Cameroonian works of ...
22. The Impact Of Social And Cultural Change In The Novels Of Linus Asong
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This paper sets out to examine the impact of social and cultural change on Cameroonians as reflected in The Crown of Thorns (1990) and its sequel, A Legend of the Dead (1993) by the Cameroonian writer, Linus It is based on the assumption that adjusting to a changing situation is a matter choice. Thus people are free to accept or reject social and ...
23. 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 literature is essentially socially-conditioned, and 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 the plays of three Has Put Asunder (1992), Bole Butake’s And Palm Wine Will Flow ...
24. The Cattle Of Lake God: Symbolism And Meaning
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...country’s front-line artists and in the talent which reveals itself in his plays. This steadfastness, this talent, are fired by the playwright’s commitment to the defining aesthetics of the drama form; aesthetics participation, conscientization and moral and ethical investigation. society in which he evolves. As observer and chronicler, he works into ...
25. L’exotisme Dans Trois Prétendants ... Un Mari De Guillaume Oyono Mbia
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...camerounais depuis l’Indépendance. Trois prétendants ... un mari (éditions de 1989) est sans conteste, son chef-d’œuvre et, en tant que sa première pièce, une œuvre matricielle. Il y fait voir entre autres sujets, le fait exotique. Il lui donne un traitement pluriel: exotisme des sources, exotisme littéraire, exotisme des personnages, exotisme de ...
26. Théâtre Universitaire et Instances en Post Colonie
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Le théâtre, art populaire par excellence, pose problème quand il est abordé du point de vue de l’université, espace réservé à une infirme élite. Dans les ex-colonies où l’université est d’implantation récente, il reflète la confrontation en cette élite et le petit peuple, le raffinement et le commun, l’irréfléchi et le spontané, etc. Les sollicitations diffèrent ...
27. The Literary Podium and the Political Pulpit: Medium and Message In Anglophone Cameroon Drama
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The argument as to whether the primary purpose of literature is to teach to please is probably as old as criticism itself but is still far from a definite conclusion. Those who are more inclined to art for art’s sake hold that the primary goal of literature is to please. Critics who feel that the creative writer must show commitment to the cause of social ...
28. The English Language In CameroonThe Pre- Colonial Period
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The history and development of the English language in Cameroon may be divided into several periods, prominent among which is the pre-colonial period. It spans from the first possible mention of the Cameroon coast in 500 BC to 12 July 1884, the date when Cameroon during that period may be characterized by two factors. Firstly, the ...
29. La Littérature Camerounaise D’expression Anglaise: Usage et Influence Du Français
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La littérature camerounaise d’expression anglaise se caractérise entre L’usage du français se ressent notamment à travers l’emploi des dialogues énoncé en français. Quant à l’influence du français, soulignons les cas d’interférence linguistique et l’emploi des faux De tels usages et influences peuvent se justifier sur le plan de ...
30. La Littérature Africaine A La Conquête De Son Identité Culturelle: Itinéraire Linguistique Des Ecrivains Camerounais A La Recherche D’une Parole Autochtone
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Introduction: L’enjeu culturel du texte littéraire africain, hier et La création littéraire africaine repose sur trois principes qui ont pratiquement valeur d’axiomes: l’utilisation des langues européennes héritées de la colonisation comme mode de médiation linguistique, l’inféodation du discours littéraire dans les cultures négro-africaines, le ...
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE / LITTERATURE POUR ENFANT
31. Children’s Literature In Cameroon: A Partnership Model For Its Development And Promotion
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Good literature written by Cameroonians for the Cameroonian child can be described as best as still in its infancy and at worst as non-existing. A review of the few existing works largely in poetry will be the subject of a separate paper. Adult literature, however, is being given Teachers of English, notably those of literature to undergraduates ...
32. Children’s Literature In Cameroon: A Review Essay
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I came to realise as soon as I had a child of my own growing up, that the question of education for children in Africa was really very complex. Especially for those of us you might call the middle class. who are not in the villages? We are at cosmopolitan centres. and the whatever your own political or ideological position might be. you very ...
HISTORY & JOURNALISM / HISTOIRE ET JOURNALISME
33. A Survey of Cameroon’s New English Language Newspaper
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...newspaper has come through a number of changes. There have been periods of newspaper proliferation and periods when newspapers were rare to find. going boom in newspaper publication started after 1990 and promises to c face of the Cameroon English language newspaper. More titles appear in the as the months and years go by. The quality of ...
34. The Emergence and Strengthening of Democratic Pluralism In Cameroon
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In the first place it has made it plain for all to see that the most urgent issues facing the Third World countries today are political in nature. suddenly and was voiced simultaneously in several parts of Cameroon 3). the failure of the “African conception of human rights” Three things are to ensure that progress toward democracy can be ...
35. John Ngu Foncha And The Saga Of Southern Cameroons’ Quest For Reunification, 1956-196b. A Reappraisal
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...intentionally or not, has been a slow and painful exercise, it however multiparty politics, albeit characterized by sentimentalism. This has especially been the case with the writing of the history of the former Southern Cameroons, more so as Anglophones perceive themselves, and are perceived in certain quarters, as the most marginalized ...
36. Protest Journalism As a Literary Genre: The Case of Anglophone Cameroon Journalism Today
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As the title suggests, this paper argues that protest or liberation journalism has a lot in common with creative or imaginative writing, and that it could be considered a form of literature. The paper takes Anglophone journalism example of how journalists can perpetuate myths, legends, and fairy tales with the same creative imagination, ...
37. Press And National Liberation: Historical and Contemporary Cameroon Perspectives
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...generates debates about facts, opinions and claims. Such role makes the journalists and government natural adversaries with entirely government should not become institutional partners. The reason is that a journalist who rewards his boss and friends with unwarranted, flattering stories of fawning editorials immediately loses respect. ...
TRANSLATION / TRADUCTION
38. Translation Or Transcreation: to What Extent Is Translating Creative Writing A Creative Activity
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As the years elapse, more and more Cameroonians seem to be taking to creative writing, especially those of English-speaking expression, as we are wont to call them. A number of us have grown up to enjoy great classics a good many of which, even if we sometimes do not realise it, are indeed translations. You would all understand that, with ...
39. Survival and Identity Of African Literature: A Perspective of The Role of Translation
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This paper seeks to discuss the importance of translation at a time colonisation, is struggling maintain its identity and ensure its survival in a world dominated by the Western civilizations whose languages it Francophone African literature south of the Sahara into English. A examining how translators have so far coped with the rendition of ...
40. The Translation of Stylistic Devices In Rene Philombe’s Short Stories
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...languages are English and French. Translation of literary works of French expression into English and vice versa could contribute a great deal not only in exposing the country’s bicultural and bilingual population to each other’s literary traditions but also in integrating the works into their respective literary traditions. Unfortunately transla-...
Recommendations of the Conference on Cameroon Literature
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At the end of the Conference, the participants made the following literature from the Universities of Yaoundé I, Douala, Ngaoundere, and Buea, meeting at the University of Buea from 1-3 December 1994, -Considering the interest and primordial importance of literature as a factor for the emergence and consolidation of a national conscience; ...
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T_h is landmark volume brings together a very rich harvest of forty in 1994. T_h e Buea conference was motivated by a determination to look at Cameroon literature straight into its face and criticize it using literary criteria of the strictest kind. Gone were the times when the criticism was complacent because it was believed that a ...
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Publication Year: 2013