ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today
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208 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey

ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu

Guest editor Chimalum Nwankwo

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A focus on some of the pioneers of African literary creation.
This special issue of African Literature Today is devoted to some of the pioneer voices of African fiction in the twentieth century: Bessie Head, Cyprian Ekwensi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Flora Nwapa, Ousmane Sembène and Zulu Sofola.
The contributors explore the development of these influential writers and their impact on the continent and beyond, through a study of their writing, sources and influences. Some focus on case studies of specific works which are particularly important in the creative development of the author.
The contributions of these writers to the growth and development of modern African Literature are highlighted. These are also writers whose works, in the words of Chimalum Nwankwo in his Introduction 'have defined for their time a deep engagement and commitment with the pulse of the people...'

Ernest Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA; the editorial board is composed of scholars from US, UK and African universities
Chimalum Nwankwo [Guest Editor] Former Chair of the Department of English, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA, and Professor of English and World Literatures, is currently on sabbatical at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Nigeria: HEBN
Editorial Article - Chimalum Nwankwo
Gender Politics, Home & Nation in Zulu Sofola's King Emene: Tragedy of a Rebellion - Maureen N. Eke
The Militant Writer in the Early Fiction of Ousmane Sembène: From Le docker noir to L'Harmattan - Kwawisi Tekpetey
Psychological Violence in Bessie Head's Maru & A Question of Power - Blessing Diala-Ogamba
Constructing the Destructive City: Representations of Lagos in Cyprian Ekwensi's People of the City - Louisa Uchum Egbunike
History, Progress & Prospects in the Development of African Literature: A Tribute to Dennis Brutus - Sophia O. Ogwude
Dispelling the Myth of the 'Silent Woman': The Nigerian Igbo Woman in Flora Nwapa'sEfuru - Shalini Nadaswaran
Interrogating Dichotomies, Reconstructing Emancipation: Bessie Head's Vision on Gender Issues - Hellen Roselyne L. Shigali
Eskia Mphahlele's Enduring Truth in Down Second Avenue - Joyce Ashuntantang
A Tribute to Cyprian O.D. Ekwensi (26 Sept 1921 - 4 Nov 2007): The Writer, the Man & his Era - Ernest N. Emenyonu
Reviews - James Gibbs

Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA. He is Series Editor of African Literature Today, and editor of A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (James Currey, 2017). A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL) and the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE), Professor Emenyonu is a specialist in African Literature, he has taught African Literature at various institutions of higher learning in Nigeria and the United States, and has published extensively in the field. His publications include Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi (2010), Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe Vols. 1 & 2, (2004), Goat Skin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature (2000). He is also the author of A Good Shepherd: A Biography of the Most Rev. Benjamin C. Nwankiti (2003). His works of fiction include Tales of Our Motherland (short stories) (1999) and a number of children's books including Uzo: A Story of African Childhood (2011).

CHIMALUM NWANKWO is Writer-in-Residence, Department of English and Literary Studies, Veritas University, Abuja, Nigeria. He has previously taught at the Universities of Nigeria, East Carolina-Greenville, North Carolina A & T State University-Greensboro, where he was Professor of English and World Literatures and Former Chair of the Department of English, Nigeria Turkish Nile University in Abuja. He was Guest Editor of ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives. His other critical studies include Of the Deepest Shadows and The Prisons of Fire (2010) and Toward the kingdom of Woman and Man: The Works of Ngugi wa Thiongo (1992). He is also an acclaimed poet, who has published five volumes of poetry, including The Womb in the Heart and Other Poems and Lovesong for Julian Assange & Poems from Love Mountain.

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Title Details

208 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey