The Cameroonian Novel of English Expression. An Introduction
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: African Books Collective
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Given the monumental problems and professional engagements with which I was encumbered during the final phase of this project, completing it against all odds was nothing short of a miracle. Consequently, I am eternally grateful to the Almighty God for...
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It would be difficult today to find any consensus about either an accepted critical approach to prose fiction, or an established body of the Cameroonian novel of English Expression to which such an approach should be applied. This study is an...
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Initially considered something of a black sheep within the Anglophone Cameroon literary genres, the Anglophone novel has gradually grown to carve out a respectable niche for itself in the Anglophone Cameroon subsystem, imposing itself in a way that...
Part One: The Theoretical Framework
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In November 2005 the government of the bilingual Republic of Cameroon conducted a general population census. Although by 2007 the results of the exercise had not been released, unofficial estimates put the population of Cameroon at 17 million. Out of this...
1. The Socio-Artistic Approach
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In reviewing literature on African literary criticism, around the last quarter of the 20th century, the present writer discovered roughly three critical tendencies in matters of valuation. The first tendency consists of critics like Charles Larson and Eustace Palmer...
2. Enlightened Eclecticism
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Literature is the site where ideologies collide, the location for the dramatisation of conflicting worldviews. Consequently, the exploration of the sociological dimension of the Socio-Artistic Approach will often lead to the examination of ideological or...
Part Two: Practical Analysis of Novels
3. Encounter With Europe
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It is a truism, in the history of African literature, that many early African writers whose novels are set in the colonial past were writing against a backdrop of negative Hegelian stereotypical ideas of Africa, victim of the twin evils of slavery and colonialism...
4. Anti-Heroes and Societal Crooks
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Unlike the three novelists in the previous chapter who are concerned with the theme of cultural conflict between the Cameroonian way of life and the European civilization, the imaginative writers examined in this chapter...
5. Women and Sexuality
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If the novelists discussed in Chapter Four are generally pre-occupied with the dark underbelly of the Cameroonian society, those in this chapter are concerned with women, particularly with hetero-sexual intimacy between a man and a woman, a relationship...
6. Opposing Visions of Feminism
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A literary fact about Cameroonian imaginative writing of English expression is that it is generally phallic. For instance, a feminist reading of the Anglophone Cameroonian novels will reveal that nearly all of them, by male writers, embody embedded biases...
7. Alternative Ideological Visions
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The Cameroonian creative writers of English expression have adopted an imperial language, English, and the novelistic art form to serve the Cameroonian vision. As we have seen in the previous chapters, through their works, these writers are exploring...
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Until quite recently in Cameroon, discussions of Cameroon Anglophone literature have been dominated by interest in poetry and drama, particularly drama, with the novel largely neglected. But as we have seen in this study, the recent proliferation of novels...
Biographical Notes on the Novelists
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2009