A Companion to African Literatures
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336 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Imprint: James Currey

A Companion to African Literatures

Edited by G.D. Killam and Ruth Rowe

by Ruth Rowe

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An easy-to-use and highly-acclaimed reference work on works by African authors written in English.

A comprehensive guide to works by African authors that were written in English, this volume features entries in an alphabetical format on: authors; titles; literary genres, movements, influences and connections; and wider themes.

'This comprehensive compendium will be a handy companion for anyone working on African literatures. The entries are authoritative and up-to-date, providing information on the hundreds of authors and texts that have contributed to a whole continent's literary flowering. Killam and Rowe have left no tome unturned.' - Bernth Lindfors

North America: Indiana U Press (cloth edition)
"The entries are knowledgeable, thorough and clearly written... Highly recommended." CHOICE
"... synthesizing guides such as this are precious ... a stimulating volume to browse through, and a mine of information about all sorts of little-known aspects of the conditions of writing and publishing literary works in Africa." Peter Hawkins, AFRICAN AFFAIRS
"What makes the Companion easy to use is the organising principle behind it: the editors have dispensed with the distraction of sections and sub-sections ... to produce a straightforward alphabetically organised list." Diana Schwerdt, ASAAP
"With the Companion now a standard university reference book, students and scholars worldwide are better able to read between the headlines to understand topics ranging from censorship, prison literature in South Africa and the Nigeria-Biafra war to women in literature, oral tradition and folklore in Francophone-Anglophone literary relations. - Winning Research, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada" .
"... a volume that Africanists should welcome and demand that their libraries stock, although most of us will also wish to have our own copies conveniently at hand." J. Roger Kurtz, H-FRLITCINE
"Over 150 scholars from around the world have contributed to this encyclopedic new guide to African literatures. ... Its coherent layout and user-friendly categories make the book accessible to several communities of readers, ranging from students researching essay topics to specialists wishing to read up on particular issues." Stephanie Newell, AFRICAN RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION
"...the work can be recommended as a quick reference source, as a knowledgeable literary signpost. One of the main strengths of the work is that the discussion is balanced, rather than ideological. Whether an expert or not, the reader is likely to find useful information and first-rate sources of African literature. In an era in which Africa has been marginalized, it certainly helps in its small way to dilute the gloom-and-doom perception of Africa." Michael C. Mbabuike, AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW



March 2010


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Title Details

336 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Imprint: James Currey