ALT 41
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176 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Series Vol. Number: 41

Imprint: James Currey

ALT 41

African Literature in African Languages

General editor Ernest N Emenyonu

Guest editor Nduka Otiono and Chiji Akọma

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Interrogates and explores African literature in African languages today, and the continuing interfaces between works in indigenous languages and those written in European languages or languages of colonizers.

Sixty years after the Conference of African Writers of English Expression at Makerere University, the dominance in the global canon of African literatures written in European languages over those in indigenous languages continues to be an issue. This volume of ALT re-examines this central question of African literatures to ask, 'What is the state of African literatures in African languages today?' Contributors discuss the translation of Gurnah's novel Paradise to Swahili, and Osemwegie's Ọrọ Epic to English, and Wolof wrestlers' panegyrics. They analyse Edo eco-critical poetry, and the poetics of Igbo mask poetry, and morality in early prose fiction in indigenous Nigerian languages. Other essays contribute a semiotic analysis of Duruaku's A Matter of Identity, and the decolonization of trauma in Uwem Akpan's Say You're One of Them. Overall, the volume paints a complex image of African cultural production in indigenous languages, especially in the ways Africa's oral performance traditions remain resilient in the face of a seemingly undiminished presence of non-African language literary traditions.

Funded by the Knowledge Unlatched Select 2024 collection, this title is available as an Open Access ebook under the Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-ND.
INTRODUCTION
African Literature in African Languages: Orality and the Burden of Modernity
CHIJI AKỌMA & NDUKA OTIONO

ARTICLES
Pictures of Materialism in the Benin Ecological Worldview: Eco-Critical Poems of Osemwengie Ero
KOLA EKE AND EDAFE MUKORO

The Swahili Mtapta: Exploring Translation in Abdulrazak Gurnah's Paradise
IDA HADJIVAYANIS

Ikponmwosa Osemwegie's Ọrọ Epic and Translation: The Past and Prospects of Edo Literature
UYILAWA USUANLELE

The Panegyric of the Champion: How Wolof Wrestlers Borrowed from Female Oral Genres to Win in and Outside the Arena
MARAME GUEYE

"A People's Firewood Cooks for them": The Contextual Prosody of Igbo Mask Poetry and Mbem Poetics
CHIKE OKOYE and JULIET IFUNANYA OKEYIKA

Reclaiming the Muted Voices of Xhosa Literature: A Personal Testament
JEFF OPLAND

LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
Five Poems
'Monologue Written After Watching a Robin Lift from a Tree Branch'
'I Am on a Road and My Mouth is Full of Questions'
'What the Lord Said'
'Uriah in the Bardo'
'Witness as a Foot Mat'
Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto

Three Poems
'Lockdown in Biafra'
'The Prison Door'
'Kyphosis'
Amaka Blossom Chime

Four Poems
'Ambitious'
'Shake It Off'
'Academia'
'Ahoa, 2022'
Blessing Ezinne Okah

'Pulse on Martin Niemöller' (Poem)
Alexander Opicho

Two Poems
'Eons Before'
'What?!'
Stephen Oladele Solanke

'Wild Grief' (Poem)
Aisha Umar

'Ties that Gag' (Short Story)
Felicia Moh

FEATURED ARTICLES
Costume as Mystico--Metaphoric Communication in Toni Duruaku's A Matter of Identity: A Semiotic Analysis
UKACHI WACHUKU

Decolonizing Trauma Studies: The Recognition-Solidarity Nexus in Uwem Akpan's Say You're One of Them
CHIJIOKE ONAH

TRIBUTES
Remembering Gerald Moore
JAMES GIBBS

REVIEWS
Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo, Do Not Burn My Bones & Other Stories
KUFRE USANGA

Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo, Broken Bodies, Damaged Souls
KUFRE USANGA

Al-Bishak, BLACK PAPYRUS: Global Origins of Writing and Written Literature Traced to Black Africa
INIOBONG I. UKO

Olu Obafemi, Ajon! (The Legend Who Made a King/Dom)
KUFRE USANGA

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).

Nduka Otiono is a writer, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University. He is the author and co-editor of eight books of creative writing and academic research, including His works include (co-ed with Chiji Akoma) Oral Literary Performance in Africa: Beyond Text (2021).

Chiji Akọma is Professor of English and Chair of Global Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Villanova University. His works include (co-ed with Nduka Otiono), Oral Literary Performance in Africa: Beyond Text (2021).

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Title Details

176 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Series Vol. Number: 41

Imprint: James Currey