The essays collected in African Print Cultures claim African newspapers as subjects of historical and literary study. Newspapers were not only vehicles for anticolonial nationalism. They were also incubators of literary experimentation and networks by which new solidarities came into being. By focusing on the creative work that African editors and contributors did, this volume brings an infrastructure of African public culture into view.
The first of four thematic sections, “African Newspaper Networks,” considers the work that newspaper editors did to relate events within their locality to happenings in far-off places. This work of correlation and juxtaposition made it possible for distant people to see themselves as fellow travellers. “Experiments with Genre” explores how newspapers nurtured the development of new literary genres, such as poetry, realist fiction, photoplays, and travel writing in African languages and in English. “Newspapers and Their Publics” looks at the ways in which African newspapers fostered the creation of new kinds of communities and served as networks for public interaction, political and otherwise. The final section, “Afterlives, ” is about the longue durée of history that newspapers helped to structure, and how, throughout the twentieth century, print allowed contributors to view their writing as material meant for posterity.
About the Author
Emma Hunter is Lecturer in African History at the University of Edinburgh.
Stephanie Newell is Professor of English and Senior Research Fellow in International and Area Studies at Yale University.
Table of ContentsContents Acknowledgments A Note on Orthography Chapter 1. Print Culture in Colonial Africa - Derek R. Peterson and Emma Hunter Part I. African Newspaper Networks Chapter 2. Transatlantic Passages: Black Identity Construction in West African and West Indian Newspapers, 1935–1950 - Leslie James Chapter 3. Creole Pioneers in the Nigerian Provincial Press - David Pratten Chapter 4. The Sociability of Print: 1920s and 1930s Lagos Newspaper Travel Writing - Rebecca Jones Chapter 5. Colonial Modernity and Tradition: Herbert Macaulay, the Newspaper Press, and the (Re)Production of Engaged Publics in Colonial Lagos - Wale Adebanwi Part II. Experiments with Genre Chapter 6. Experiments with Genre in Yoruba Newspapers of the 1920s - Karin Barber Chapter 7. Everyday Poetry from Tanzania: Microcosm of the Newspaper Genre - Kelly Askew Chapter 8. Private Entertainment Magazines and Popular Literature Production in Socialist Tanzania - Uta Reuster-Jahn Chapter 9. “True to Life”: Illuminating the Processes and Modes of Yoruba Photoplays - Olubukola A. Gbadegesin Part III. Newspapers and Their Publics Chapter 10. Komkya and the Convening of a Chagga Public, 1953–1961 - Emma Hunter Chapter 11. Making Constituency in the Province: The Osumare Egba (1935–1937) and the Agenda of Abẹokuta Modernization - Oluwatoyin Babatunde Oduntan Chapter 12. “I will decide who will speak”: Street Parliaments and the Newspaper Ecology in Eldoret’s Kamukunji - Duncan Omanga Part IV. Afterlives Chapter 13. The Afterlife of Words: Magema Fuze, Bilingual Print Journalism, and the Making of a Self-Archive - Hlonipha Mokoena Chapter 14. From Corpse to Corpus: The Printing of Death in Colonial West Africa - Stephanie Newell Chapter 15. Afterword - Stephanie Newell Contributors Index