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African Imagination : Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora

African Imagination : Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora - 01 edition

African Imagination : Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780195086195

ISBN10: 0195086198

African Imagination : Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora by Abiola Irele - ISBN 9780195086195
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2001
International: No
African Imagination : Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora by Abiola Irele - ISBN 9780195086195

ISBN13: 9780195086195

ISBN10: 0195086198

Edition: 01

Summary

This collection provides a comprehensive formulation of what Irele calls the "African imagination" as manifested in the oral traditions and modern literature of Africa and the Black Diaspora. He illuminates works by Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Hampaté Bâ, and Ahmadou Kourouma, among others, and examines the growing presence of African writing in the global literary marketplace and the relationship between African intellectuals and the West.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. The African Imagination
2. Orality, Literacy, and African Literature
3. African Letters: The Making of a Tradition
4. Dimensions of African Discourse
5. A Study in Ambiguity: Amadou Hampaté Bâ's The Fortunes of Wangrin
6. Narrative, History and the African Imagination: Amadou Kourouma's Monnè, outrages et défis
7. The Crisis of Cultural Memory in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
8. The Return of the Native: Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Masks
9. A National Voice: The Poetry and Plays of John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo
10. Parables of the African Condition: The New Realism in African Fiction


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