The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora / Edition 1

The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora / Edition 1

by F. Abiola Irele, Abiola Irele
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195086198

ISBN-13: 9780195086195

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This collection of essays from eminent scholar F. Abiola Irele provides a comprehensive formulation of what he calls an "African imagination" manifested in the oral traditions and modern literature of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The African Imagination includes Irele's probing critical readings of the works of Chinua Achebe, Edward Kamau Brathwaite,

Overview

This collection of essays from eminent scholar F. Abiola Irele provides a comprehensive formulation of what he calls an "African imagination" manifested in the oral traditions and modern literature of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The African Imagination includes Irele's probing critical readings of the works of Chinua Achebe, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Amadou Hampaté Bâ, and Ahmadou Kourouma, among others, as well as examinations of the growing presence of African writing in the global literary marketplace and the relationship between African intellectuals and the West. Taken as a whole, this volume makes a superb introduction to African literature and to the work of one of its leading interpreters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195086195
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The African Imagination
2. Orality, Literacy, and African Literature
3. African Letters: The Making of a Tradition
4. Dimensions of African Discourse
5. A Study in Ambiguity: Amadou Hampaté Bâ's The Fortunes of Wangrin
6. Narrative, History and the African Imagination: Amadou Kourouma's Monnè, outrages et défis
7. The Crisis of Cultural Memory in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
8. The Return of the Native: Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Masks
9. A National Voice: The Poetry and Plays of John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo
10. Parables of the African Condition: The New Realism in African Fiction
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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