ALT 12 New Writing, New Approaches: African Literature Today

January 1982
256 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Literature Today
ISBN: 9781847011237
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC LIT004010, LIT004290

ALT 12 New Writing, New Approaches: African Literature Today

A review

Eustace Palmer

Edited by Eldred Durosimi Jones

The re-issue of archival volumes ALT 1 to ALT 14 makes the complete series available and provides the historical perspective of these early contributions to the literature and its criticism.
In his Editorial to African Literature Today 12, first published in 1982, Eldred Jones laments the death of Camara Laye and gives tribute to him as one of the pioneers of African literature. The volume celebrates new writers whose works "have not received much critical attention either because they are relatively new, or because not being what might be described as mainstream they may unintentionally, perhaps, have been damned with faint praise or neglect." There are contributions on the works of Gabriel Okara, Robert Serumaga, Hamidou Kane and John Munonye, and emerging as significant new voices are playwrights Femi Osofisan and Ola Rotimi, and feminist writer Mariama Bâ.

Table of Contents

Editorial - Eldred Jones
Narrative techniques in Okara's The Voice [Solomon Iyasere]
Individual & community in the theatre of Serumaga [Andrew Horn]
Hamidou Kane's Hero [W.S.Shiver]
Still a victim? Mariama Bâ's Une Si Longue Lettre [Femi Ojo-Ade]
Sembene Ousmane as griot: The Money Order with White Genesis [Jonathan A. Peters]
Taban lo Liyong's narrative art [Elizabeth Knight]
Revolutionary aesthetics in recent Nigerian theatre [Olu Obafemi]
Ola Rotimi: how significant? [Alex C. Johnson]
A modern Afro-Islamic vision through art [Bahadur Tejani]
Structure & theme in Munonye's Oil Man of Obange [Charles E. Nnolim]
'Les Vies Africaines': A series of popular literature [Alain Fresco]
Reviews include Bode Sowande's Farewell to Babylon and I.N.C. Aniebo's The Journey Within.

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