Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature: Personally Speaking

Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature: Personally Speaking

by Tanure Ojaide

Hardcover(1st ed. 2015)

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Literature remains one of the few disciplines that reflect the experiences, sensibility, worldview, and living realities of its people. Contemporary African literature captures the African experience in history and politics in a multiplicity of ways. Politics itself has come to intersect and impact on most, if not all, aspects of the African reality. This relationship of literature with African people’s lives and condition forms the setting of this study. Tanure Ojaide’s Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature: Personally Speaking belongs with a well-established tradition of personal reflections on literature by African creative writer-critics. Ojaide’s contribution brings to the table the perspective of what is now recognized as a “second generation” writer, a poet, and a concerned citizen of Nigeria’s Niger Delta area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137542205
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: African Histories and Modernities
Edition description: 1st ed. 2015
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Tanure Ojaide is Frank Porter Graham Professor in the Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Contemporary Africa and the Politics in Literature

2. Homecoming: African Literature and Human Development

3. Defining Niger Delta Literature: Preliminary Perspective on an Emerging Literature

4. After the Nobel: Wole Soyinka's Poetic Output

5. Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart in World Literature

6. An Unusual Growth: The Development of Tijan M. Sallah's Poetry

7. An Insider Testimony: Odia Ofeimun and His Generation of Nigerian Poets

8. Reviving Modern African Poetry: An Argument

9. The Perils of a Culture-less African Literature in the Age of Globalization

10. The Imperative of Experience in Poetry: An African Perspective

11. Indigenous Knowledge and Its Expression in the Folklore of Africa and the African Diaspora

12. Policy Studies, Activist Literature, and Pitching for the Masses in Nigeria

13. Traditional Izon Court and Modern Poetry: Christian Otobotekere's Contribution

14. Personally Speaking: On The Beauty I Have Seen

15. Revisiting an African Oral Poetic Performance: Udje Today

16. Performance, the New African Poetry, and My Poetry: A Commentary

17. Two Tributes: Chinua Achebe and Kofi Awoonor

18. The Politics of African Literature: Production, Publishing, and Reception

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