ALT 14 Insiders & Outsiders: African Literature Today

ALT 14 Insiders & Outsiders: African Literature Today

Eustace Palmer, Marjorie Jones

Edited by Eldred Durosimi Jones


James Currey



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.
This volume, first published in 1984, studies the attraction of Africa for non-African writers and the widespread and differing outside influences on African writers. This relationship raises complex problems such as which language to write in, and the representation or misrepresentation of the continent. Kole Omotoso gives a trans-Saharan view of Africa, Funso Aiyejina a West Indian perspective highlighting the work of George Lamming and Denis Williams, and Katherine Frank examines the relevance of feminist criticism to the African novel. Other contributors compare and contrast the works of European, American, Caribbean and African writers: Graham Greene and Dadié; Soyinka and Beckett; Laye, Lamming and Wright; Camus and Césaire; Yeats and J.P. Clark; Equiano and Defoe; Ernest Gaines and Oyono.


January 1984
192 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
African Literature Today
ISBN: 9780852555149
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC LIT004010, LIT020000
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Table of Contents

Editorial - Eldred Jones
Graham Greene travels in Africa & Dadié travels in Europe (Marion A.Thomas)
A touch of the absurd: Soyinka & Beckett (Catherine Obianuju Acholonu)
Laye, Lamming & Wright: Mother & son (Fritz H. Pointer)
Feminist criticism & the African novel (Katherine Frank)
Albert Camus, Aimé Césaire & the tragedy of revolution (John Conteh-Morgan)
Africa under Western eyes: Updike's The Coup & Other Fantasies (Jack B. Moore)
On the poetry of war: Yeats & J.P.Clark (Obi Maduakor)
Olaudah Equiano & the tradition of Defoe (S.E. Ogude)
The black pseudo-autobiographical novel: Miss Jane Pittman & Houseboy (Bede M. Ssensalo)
Trans-Saharan views: Mutually negative portrayals (Kole Omotoso)
The backward glance: Lamming's Season of Adventure and Williams' Other Leopards
Charles Dickens & the Zulus (Bernth Lindfors)
Reviews include: Wole Soyinka's Aké: The Years of Childhood, P.A. Egejure's Black Writers: White Audience. A Critical Approach to African Literature & James Gibbs' Critical Perspectives on Wole Soyinka

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