ALT 37
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254 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey

ALT 37

African Literature Today

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu

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AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY was established at a time of uncertainty and reconstruction but for 50 years it has played a leading role in nurturing imaginative creativity and its criticism on the African continent and beyond.
Contemporary African creative writers have confidently taken strides which resonate all over the world. The daring diversities, stylistic innovations and enchanting audacities which characterize their works across many different genres resonate with readers beyond African geographic and linguistic boundaries. Writers in Africa and the diaspora seem to be speaking with collective and individual voices that compel world attention and admiration. And they arebeing read in numerous world languages.
This volume's contributors recognize the foundations laid by the pioneer African writers as they point vigorously to contemporary writers who have moved African imaginative creativityforward with utmost integrity, and to the critics who continue to respond with unyielding tenacity.
The founding Editor of ALT, Professor Eldred Durosimi Jones, recalls in an interview in this volume, the role ALT played in the evolution and stimulation of a wave of African literary studies and criticism in mid-20th century: "The 1960s saw a good deal of activity among scholars teaching African Literature throughout Africa and the world, and this ledto a series of conferences in African Literature in Dakar, Nairobi, and Freetown.around the idea of communication between the various English Departments which took an interest in African Literature. We decided on a bulletin, which was just a kind of newsletter between departments saying what was going on....it was that bulletin that showed the potential of this kind of communication... after that we started African Literature Today as a journal inviting articles on the works of African writers."
Contributors to the series demonstrate the impact of the growth in studies and criticism of African Literature in the 50 years since its founding.

Series Editor: Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.
Reviews Editor: Obi Nwakanma
Obituary: Keith Sambrook 1925-2019 - James Currey
Editorial Article: "Salute to Pioneers on Whose Shoulders We Stand" - Ernest N. Emenyonu
Women Investigators Uncovering Transgression in Unity Dow's Fiction - Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo
Evolutionary Portrayal of Credible Characters in Chinua Achebe's Fiction - Kalapi Sen
The Concept, Challenges & Consequences of UKHULE, in Sindiwe Magona's Beauty's Gift - Iniobong I. Uko
Chimalum Nwankwo & the Poetry of the Aerial Zone - Maik Nwosu
From Grace Ogot to Yvonne Owuor: Fifty Years of Depicting Kenyan Lands & Landscapes - Ng'ang'a Wahu-Muchiri
The Writer & the Environment in Times of Crises: The Creative Talent in the Face of Boko Haram - Razinat Talatu Mohammed
Women & ALT: Balancing the Gender Equation in the Criticism of African Literature - Akachi Ezeigbo
Anthroliterary Discovery of a Novel Form in Nigeria: Itan Igbesi-Aye Emi Segilola Emi Eleyinju Ege & the Re-Reading of Print Culture, Events & Images in the First Nigerian Novel - John Uwa
Gynocritical Impulses in the Novels & Short Stories of Ifeoma Okoye - Macpherson Nkem. Azuike
Adaptation & the Theme of Passage of Time in Selected Plays of Wole Soyinka & Ola Rotimi - Norbert Oyibo Eze
Contextualizing Chinua Achebe's Revolutionary Impulses - Psalms E. Chinaka
Mohamed-Alioum Fantouré's Le récit du cirque...de la Vallée des Morts: The Limitations of Stylistic Innovations - Unionmwan Edebiri
Fifty Years On: A Conversation with PROF. ELDRED JONES, Founding Editor, African Literature Today - Pede Hollist
LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
"Placate the Lords of Darkness" (Poem) - Anya Ude Egwu
"The Invitation" (& 5 other Poems) - Hodabalou Anate
"Moribund" (Poem) - Chinasa Abonyi
"Kaput to be a Cat"/"Kaput to be a Rat" (2 Poems) - Alexander Opicho
"Cactus" (Poem) - Onyeukwu Ifunanya
"Guilt" (Short story) - Chioma Toni-Duruaku
REVIEWS Edited by Obi Nwakanma

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).

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Title Details

254 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

1 b/w. Illustrations

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey