Africa In Literature For Children And Young Adults

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While much critical attention has been given to adult literature, African literature for children and young adults remains a neglected area. As the United States becomes an increasingly pluralistic society, it becomes all the more important for children and young adults to be exposed to books set in Africa. This bibliography includes entries for nearly 700 books written in English by both African and Western authors and published between 1873 and 1994. An additional 120 books ...

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While much critical attention has been given to adult literature, African literature for children and young adults remains a neglected area. As the United States becomes an increasingly pluralistic society, it becomes all the more important for children and young adults to be exposed to books set in Africa. This bibliography includes entries for nearly 700 books written in English by both African and Western authors and published between 1873 and 1994. An additional 120 books are either discussed or mentioned in the annotations.

The entries are organized in six chapters. The first chapter includes general works, while the others are devoted to particular geographic regions. Within each chapter, entries are further grouped according to genres, such as traditional literature, biography, poetry, drama, fiction, autobiography, and informational books. Entries are then listed alphabetically. Each entry includes an annotation that provides a plot/content summary, thematic analysis, literary evaluation, and sensitivity to multicultural and international issues; an indication of the recommended grade level for the book is included. The books are carefully selected to give fair representation to the various regions and countries of Africa, literary genres, prominent authors and books, and literary phases; the author has tried to include all available books published in the 1980s and 1990s. The introductory essay provides an in-depth analysis of the social, political, cultural, and literary contexts of the three phases of African children's literature: colonial, postcolonial Western, and postcolonial African. This bibliography is intended for scholars, teachers, librarians, parents, students, and general readers.

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This annotated bibliography of books set in Africa "reflects how Africans and others have defined, interpreted, and promoted Africa, its cultures and peoples, its religions and beliefs." The author, a professor of English at Morgan State University, is also the author of "The Indian Subcontinent in Literature for Children and Young Adults" ["RBB" Ap 15 92] Here she has annotated 697 books published from 1873 to 1994, with an additional 120 mentioned in the annotations. Titles provide a representative selection from various African countries, genres, authors, and literary trends and reflect the "multiplicity of viewpoints, from nineteenth-century books by Europeans to contemporary literature by both African and Western writers." Two hundred of the titles are from African publishers The introductory essay provides a valuable analysis of Africa in children's literature, through three stages of development: colonial, with its Eurocentric bias; postcolonial Western, in which bias took new forms; and postcolonial Africa, which in the 1960s began to seek its own identity The entries are arranged according to region. Each chapter is further divided by genre: traditional literature, fiction, poetry, drama, biography and autobiography, and informational books. Annotations ranging from 100 to 400 words contain thematic and literary analysis. Quality and appropriateness of illustrations are noted. Books are evaluated for sensitivity to multicultural issues: "what purports to be a charming animal fantasy set in West Africa is, in reality, a racist book denouncing Africans and their institutions" (Lofting's "Doctor Doolittle's Post Office"). Literary awards and grade level are noted. Author, illustrator, title, and subject indexes make material easily accessible. A list of Afrocentric book distributors is appended "Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers" ["RBB" My 1 92] devotes one chapter to books set in Africa. "Cultures outside the United States in Fiction: A Guide to 2,875 Books for Librarians and Teachers, K9" ["RBB" D 15 94] also has a section on Africa. Neither book lists titles published in Africa, and the latter book's annotations are nonevaluative. This new book will be useful for school and public librarians needing a critical evaluation of older material on their shelves and help in collection development. Its overview of informational books can help with selection from series.
Booknews
An annotated bibliography of some 700 English-language books for children set in Africa and published between 1873 and the present. Covers traditional literature, fiction, biography, poetry, drama, and informational books on Africa in general and five different regions. Includes a list of distributors and an illustrator index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

MEENA KHORANA is Professor of English at Morgan State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

General Books

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Biography

Informational Books

North Africa

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Biography

Informational Books

West Africa

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Poetry

Drama

Biography and Autobiography

Informational Books

East Africa

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Poetry

Drama

Biography and Autobiography

Informational Books

Central Africa

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Biography

Informational Books

Southern Africa

Traditional Literature

Fiction

Poetry

Drama

Biography and Autobiography

Informational Books

Appendix: List of Distributors

Author Index

Illustrator Index

Title Index

Subject Index

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