The Language of African Literature / Edition 1

The Language of African Literature / Edition 1

by Edmund L. Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865435359

ISBN-13: 9780865435353

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Africa World Press

In this anthology, some of the most prolific and widely-read African novelists are analyzed - by some of the most advanced African linguists - from two divergent but mutually illuminating perspectives: a sophisticated linguistic and cultural analysis of their works as world-class literary products; and a "cross-cultural" analysis of the rich influence of one (or more)…  See more details below

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In this anthology, some of the most prolific and widely-read African novelists are analyzed - by some of the most advanced African linguists - from two divergent but mutually illuminating perspectives: a sophisticated linguistic and cultural analysis of their works as world-class literary products; and a "cross-cultural" analysis of the rich influence of one (or more) of the over-3,000 indigenous African languages on the English-language writing style of these African authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865435353
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Literature of the General Area
Language as Sensation: The Use of Poetic and Evocative Language in Five African Autobiographies3
Translation: a Distinctive Feature of African Literature in English19
West African Literature
Toward a Speech-Act Approach to Nigerian Literature in English41
Code-Switching in Soyinka's The Interpreters57
The Language of Passion in Soyinka's The Interpreters: A Stylistic Analysis73
The Styles of Abiku: Two Related Diatypes of English81
Densely Speaking: To Do Or Not To Do: A Comparative Stylistic Analysis of Soyinka's and Clark's Poems89
The Syntax and Semantics of "Idanre" Noun Phrases: A Linguistic Spectacle103
The Development of Code in Soyinka's The Road: A Stylistic Analysis113
Rhetorical and Linguistic Games in Comic Aesthetics153
Indirectness in Discourse: A Study in Paradoxical Communication Among the Igbos169
D.O. Fagunwa's Narratives: A Rhetorical Analysis185
East African Literature
Lexical Cohesion in Okot p'Bitek's: A Song of Prisoner205
The Stylistic Significance of the Graphological Structure of Taban lo Liyong's: Another Nigger Dead229
Taban lo Liyong's The Uniformed Man: A Reconstructivist and Metafictional Parody of Modernism251
South African Literature
Register as a Function of Contextualization: A Survey of the Southern African Variety of English265
Contributors289
Index291

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