African Horizons

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As non-African writers have created images of Africa that suit their own needs, African writers have countered these images with African landscapes that emphasize the landmarks and horizons that are significant for Africans. In this volume, Loflin explores the importance of landscape description in African fiction, arguing that discussion of landscape can reveal the geographic, religious, political, and social boundaries of the text. In her analysis, Loflin examines themes of nationalism and ethnic identity, ...

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Overview

As non-African writers have created images of Africa that suit their own needs, African writers have countered these images with African landscapes that emphasize the landmarks and horizons that are significant for Africans. In this volume, Loflin explores the importance of landscape description in African fiction, arguing that discussion of landscape can reveal the geographic, religious, political, and social boundaries of the text. In her analysis, Loflin examines themes of nationalism and ethnic identity, showing how the question of landscape is further complicated when writers in forced or voluntary exile from their native countries reconfigure their relationship to the landscape of Africa.

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Examines African literature in English to challenge western critics' assertion that it contains no description of landscape. Demonstrates how such critics expect conventional European Romantic ecstasy over the beauty of nature without human figures and a reproduction of the Dark Continent image they know so well. Considers recent novels by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, west African men and women, writers in South African townships, Bessie Head, Mirium Tlali, and white South Africans. Some of the six essays have been revised from presentations and previous publications. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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CHRISTINE LOFLIN is Assistant Professor of English at Emory University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Visions of Africa 17
Ch. 2 Mother Africa: African Women and the Land in West African Literature 35
Ch. 3 The Landscape of Religion in West African Literature by Men 55
Ch. 4 "In the Land of a Dying Illusion": The Landscape of Black South African Township Novels 71
Ch. 5 Women Writers at Home and in Exile: The Examples of Bessie Head and Miriam Tlali 85
Ch. 6 "And Then the Bush Avenged Itself": The Landscape of White South African Fiction 101
Select Bibliography 115
Index 121
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