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West African Literatures: Ways of Reading

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This study of West African literatures interweaves the analysis of fiction, drama, and poetry with an exploration of the broader political, cultural, and intellectual contexts within which West African writers work. Anglophone literatures form the central focus of the book, with comparative comments on vernacular literature, francophone writing and oral literatures, and detailed discussion of selected francophone texts in translation (e.g., Senghor, Tadjo, Beyala, Ba, Sembene). ...
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Overview

This study of West African literatures interweaves the analysis of fiction, drama, and poetry with an exploration of the broader political, cultural, and intellectual contexts within which West African writers work. Anglophone literatures form the central focus of the book, with comparative comments on vernacular literature, francophone writing and oral literatures, and detailed discussion of selected francophone texts in translation (e.g., Senghor, Tadjo, Beyala, Ba, Sembene).
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1 Introduction : where is 'West Africa'? 1
2 Negritude 24
3 Facing East : Islam and identity in West African literature 45
4 Oral literatures 59
5 Lost and found in translation 74
6 Things fall apart : presence and palimpsest in the colonial-space 85
7 Popular literature 101
8 Griots with pens in their hands : literary experiments with oral genres, 1960s-1990s 124
9 Feminism and the complex space of women's writing 136
10 Marxism and West Africa literature 159
11 The three 'posts' : postmodernism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism 172
12 Experimental writing by the 'third generation' 182
13 'Queering' West African literature : Calixthe Beyala, Werewere Liking, and Veronique Tadjo 192
14 Conclusion : West Africa in postcolonial theory 201
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