African Horizons

African Horizons

by Christine Loflin
     
 

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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

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313297335
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/1998
Series:
Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies: Contemporary Black Poets Series
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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