ALT 40
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224 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey

ALT 40

African Literature Comes of Age

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu

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Explores and interrogates the many and diverse perspectives of the new frontiers of African literary studies.
Publication of the seminal volume African Literature Comes of Age, by C.D. Narasimhaiah (India) and Ernest N. Emenyonu (Nigeria), in 1988 generated the consciousness that African literature had attained maturity by the evolution of diverse concerns among scholars, critics, and researchers over the decades following the publication, in the English language, of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart in 1958. Since the publication of the first volume of African Literature Today (ALT) in the 1970s, the writings of Africans across the continent have spread across the globe, constituting refreshing and hitherto unimaginable epistemologies. This 40th volume provides a serious critical response to those changing horizons and reflects African literature's maturity, diversity, scope, spread, and above all, relevance. The topics discussed range from sickle cell disease to the animalization of humans, new feminisms and stereotypes of womanhood, the different shades of black masculinity, and political exploitation in creative works. Reaching across boundaries, recent fictions are seen to suggest a widening of conventional literary genres, and new forms that change the known trajectories of dramatic theatre. The substance, freshness, and vitality that characterize the articles in this volume of African Literature Today bring a welcome perspective to the continent's rich creative life.
EDITORIAL ARTICLE
African Literature Comes of Age
ERNEST N. EMENYONU

ARTICLES
Of Literature & Medicine: Narrating Sickle Cell Disease in a Nigerian Novel
KAZEEM ADEBIYI-ADELABU
Posthumanism & Speciesism in African Literature: Animals & the Animalized in Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness
CHIKWURAH DESTINY ISIGUZO
Manifestations of Masculinities in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novels: Initiating a Talk on Black Masculinity Studies
PARAMITA ROUTH ROY
Transformative Female Narratives & New Visions in African Women's Writing: A Re-reading of NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
NONYE CHINYERE AHUMIBE
Religion, Capitalism & Politics: The Revolutionary Imagination in the Plays of Nawal El Saadawi
H. OBIAGELI OKOLOCHA
Approaching Gang Violence on the Cape Flats in Rehana Rossouw's What Will People Say?
ALEXANDRA NEGRI
The Denunciation of Religious Collusion with Colonization in Devil on the Cross & Matigari
CHRISTOPHE SÉKÈNE DIOUF
The Weapons of Subjugation in Imbolo Mbue's How Beautiful We Were
BENEDICTA ADEOLA EHANIRE
Abrogating Aesthetic Boundaries in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry: A Reading of Femi Abodunrin's Poetry as Drama
SANI GAMBO
The End of Robert Mugabe: On Knowledge Production & Political Power
TINASHE MUSHAKAVANHU
The Text & Textual Fields of African Popular Literature: The Agency of Nigerian Stand-Up Comedy
JOHN UWA

LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'Ezuga' (Short Story)
KASIMMA
Four Poems: 'Mis/Identity'; 'Portable Longing'; 'Darkling Shores'; 'Mea Culpa'
EUGEN M. BACON

TRIBUTES
Remembering Professor Charles R. Larson (14 January 1938-22 May 2021)
TIJAN M. SALLAH
The End of an Era: A Tribute to Nawal El Saadawi (27 October 1931-21 March 2021)
RAZINAT T. MOHAMMED

REVIEWS
Kasimma, All Shades of Iberibe
NONYE CHINYERE AHUMIBE
Ikechukwu Otuu Egbuta and Nnenna Vivien Chukwu, World on the Brinks: An Anthology of Covid-19 Pandemic
ISIDORE DIALA
Evelyn N. Urama, The Writer in the Mirror: Conversations with Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo
LOUISA UCHUM EGBUNIKE
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 'Zikora'
IJEOMA IBEKU-NGWABA
Isidore Diala (ed), Obumselu on African Literature: The Intellectual Muse
AFAM EBEOGU
Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers
IJEOMA IBEKU-NGWABA
Tijan Sallah, Saani Baat: Aspects of African Literature and Culture
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. His publications include A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2017), Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi (2010), and the children's book Uzoechi: A Story of African Childhood (2012).

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9781847013316

November 2022

£75.00 / $115.00

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey