Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers

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Creating Postcolonial Literature examines the publishing of African literature in the postcolonial period. Its focus is the largely forgotten Three Crowns series by Oxford University Press (1962-1976), which was the vehicle for the publication of Wole Soyinka and Athol Fugard, along with many other major African writers, including Lewis Nkosi, John Pepper Clark, Obi Egbuna, Oswald Mtshali, Joe de Graft and Leopold Sédar Senghor. It addresses the construction of literary value, the relationships between African ...

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Overview

Creating Postcolonial Literature examines the publishing of African literature in the postcolonial period. Its focus is the largely forgotten Three Crowns series by Oxford University Press (1962-1976), which was the vehicle for the publication of Wole Soyinka and Athol Fugard, along with many other major African writers, including Lewis Nkosi, John Pepper Clark, Obi Egbuna, Oswald Mtshali, Joe de Graft and Leopold Sédar Senghor. It addresses the construction of literary value, the relationships between African writers and British publishers, and the critical importance of the African marketplace in the development of African literature during this period. Based on new archival research, it assesses the institutions of postcolonial literary publishing on both a macro and micro level, by combining a thorough analysis of the historical, political and economic context of British publishing in Africa in this period with detailed author case studies.

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'Not since Graham Huggan's The Postcolonial Exotic has there been a book that so comprehensively examines the ways in which international publishers attempt to shape the literary expectations of readers of African literatures. This book will inspire postcolonial scholars to research the material conditions in which authors work, and to expand the framework of literary scholarship beyond 'close reading' to ask questions about how African literatures were brought to print in the mid- to late- twentieth century.' – Professor Steph Newell, Co-Director (Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies), University of Sussex, UK

'Caroline Davis makes an eloquent and for the most part compelling case for her arguments,and this is a fascinating, meticulously researched, and richly documented study that sheds new light on theemergence of postcolonial African literary publishing, and at the same time offers an exhaustive analysis of thehistorical, political and economic context of British publishing in Africa in general' - African Research & Documentation, Jourbanal of SCOLMA

'I need a higher count of words to praise this essential study, which contains excellent case studies I cannot account for here—studies of the acquisition, editing, and marketing of a variety of types of works. The whole book is indispensable. I cannot recommend it more highly.' - Sarah Brouillette, Postcolonial Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230369368
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Davis is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK, in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, where she teaches courses in book history, print culture and publishing studies.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
PART I: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS IN AFRICA, 1927-1980
2. The Vision for OUP in Africa
3. 'The Obligation to be Profitable': OUP in West Africa
4. 'The Call to Duty': OUP in East Africa
5. Publishing under Apartheid: OUP in South Africa
6. Conclusion to Part I
PART II: THE THREE CROWNS SERIES, 1962-1976
7. The History of Three Crowns
8. Judging African Literature
9. Editing Three Crowns
10. Publishing Wole Soyinka
11. Publishing Athol Fugard
12. Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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