Neo-Imperialism in Children's Literature About Africa: A Study of Contemporary Fiction / Edition 1

Neo-Imperialism in Children's Literature About Africa: A Study of Contemporary Fiction / Edition 1

by Yulisa Amadu Maddy, Donnarae MacCann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415993903

ISBN-13: 9780415993906

Pub. Date: 11/19/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the spirit of their last collaboration, Apartheid and Racism in South African Children's Literature, 1985-1995, Yulisa Amadu Maddy and Donnarae MacCann once again come together to expose the neo-imperialist overtones of contemporary children's fiction about Africa. Examining the portrayal of African social customs, religious philosophies, and political

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In the spirit of their last collaboration, Apartheid and Racism in South African Children's Literature, 1985-1995, Yulisa Amadu Maddy and Donnarae MacCann once again come together to expose the neo-imperialist overtones of contemporary children's fiction about Africa. Examining the portrayal of African social customs, religious philosophies, and political structures in fiction for young people, Maddy and MacCann reveal the Western biases that often infuse stories by well-known Western authors.

In the book's introductory section, Maddy and MacCann offer historical information concerning Western notions of Africa as "primitive," and then present background information about the complexity of feminism in Africa and about the ongoing institutionalization of racism. The main body of the study contains critiques of the novels or short stories of eleven well-known writers, including Isabel Allende and Nancy Farmer—all demonstrating that children's literature continues to mis-represent conditions and social relations in Africa. The study concludes with a look at those short stories of Beverley Naidoo which bring insight and historical accuracy to South African conflicts and emerging solutions. Educators, literature professors, publishers, professors of Diaspora and African studies, and students of the mass media will find Maddy and MacCann’s critique of racism in the representation of Africa to be indispensible to students of multicultural literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415993906
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/19/2008
Series:
Children's Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 0.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. "Darkest Africa": A Constant Component in the Mis-education of Children

2. Book Prizes: How "Honors" Can Reward Racial/Cultural Biases

3. Feminism in Africa: Complexities and Activism

4. Anti-African Themes in "Liberal" Young Adult Novels

5. White Supremacy in Isabel Allende's Forest of the Pygmies

6. Eurocentric Feminism in African Settings

7. Recycling Apartheid for the Twenty-First Century

8. Putting Africans on Exhibit: "Ella's Dunes" and a "Bushman" Theme Park

9. Using AIDS to Stereotype Africans

10. When the West Talks to Itself: Ethnocentricity in Nancy Famer's "African" Novels

12. Credibility and Grace in Three Prize-Winning Books

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