The Growth of African Literature: Twenty-Five Years after Dakar and Fourah Bay

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This publication is the result of an historic event: the first annual meeting of the African Liberature Association (ALA) on African soil. The 15th meeting of the ALA took place in Dakar, Senegal from March 20-23, 1989. The diversity of the papers presented in Dakar are compiled here under four major headings:
-- Approaches and Literary Theory which groups papers ranging from the examination of traditional oral aesthetics to a survey of Marxist approaches to African literature
-- Language and History includes papers that reveal the work of remarkable precursors such as Lamine Senghor, to reflections on the complexities of the relationship between the African writer and the language he chooses to write in
-- Thematic Analysis and Broader Considerations which includes essays dealing more specifically with analytical studies of individual works
-- Africa and the Diaspora in Literature discusses the emphasis on linkages between Africa and the transatlantic Diaspora through literature, history and experience.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Poetry 7
Palm Oil with which Swahili Words are Eaten: Use of Proverbs in Modern Swahili Literature 11
Traditional Oral Aesthetics in the Modern African Novel: Obinkaram Echewa's The Land's Lord 23
The Modern African Poet and Traditional African Imagery 35
Marxism and African Literature: A Survey of Developments 47
Flies on the Meat: Cultural Poetics and the Study of African Literature 59
Lamine Senghor (1889-1927), Precurseur de la Prose Nationaliste Negro-Africaine 69
Litterature Africaine et Identite(s) Maghrebine(s) 79
L'Afrique des Independances: Espoir ou Deception? Ahmadou Kourouma, Les Soleils des Independances et Mouloud Mammeri 89
From Tamango to Thiaroye - The Revolution Back on Course? 97
Deux Non-Classiques de la Litterature Africaine: V.Y. Mudimbe, L'Ecart et Boris Boubacar Diop, Le Temps de Tamango 105
La Representation du corps feminin chez les romancieres negro-africaines d'expression francaise 115
Modalites de la signification litteraire chez Mariama Ba et Aminata Sow Fall 123
Sony Labou Tansi et Abdelkebir Khatibi: Ma langue ou la sienne? 135
Post-Negritude? 147
Nigerian Dramatic Literature: The Examples of Femi Osofisan and Tunde Fatunde 157
Comedy in Mongo Beti's Mission to Kala 167
Sur les voies de la fiction: La Voix narrative dans l'oeuvre de Mongo Beti 177
Hard Times in an African Eden: Aminata Sow Fall's L'Appel des arenes 187
Mariama Ba: Parallels, Convergence and Interior Space 197
Bessie Head's Serowe: The African Village as Cultural Crossroads 215
Comparative Aesthetic: Buchi Emecheta and Toni Morrison 225
"Only the Shorter Companion": Problems of Resources in Teaching Two of Wole Soyinka's Plays 237
The Animal Trickster as Political Satirist and Social Dissident: An Analysis of Leuk-the-Hare in Birago Diop's Tales of Amadou Koumba and Br'er Rabbit in the Afro-American Folk Tradition 249
The Image of Africa in North American Children's Literature 261
The Orishas: African Deities in Cuban Literature 273
African Poetics and the New World Dance Poem: Rereading Edward Kamau Brathwaite 283
African Continuities and Caribbean Definitions in Caribbean Literature: The Literary Explorations of Harris, Lamming and Brathwaite 293
The Editors 305
The Contributors 307
Index 311
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