ALT 29 Teaching African Literature Today

ALT 29 Teaching African Literature Today

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu


James Currey



Brings together experiences of teachers of African literature from around the world in the context of technological change.
Focuses on theoretical and pedagogical approaches to the teaching of African Literature on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The publication of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart in 1958 drew universal attention not only to contemporary African creative imagination, but also established the art of the modern African novel. In 1986, Wole Soyinka became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and opened the 'gate' for other African writers. By the close of the 20th century, African Literature had gained world-wide acceptance and legitimacy in the academy and featured on the literature curriculum of schools and colleges across the globe.
This special issue of African Literature Today, examines the diverse experiences of teachers of African Literature across regional, racial, cultural and national boundaries. It explores such issues as student responses, productive pedagogical innovations, the impact of modern technology, case studies of online teaching, teaching Criticism of African Literature, and teaching African Literature in an age of multiculturalism. It is intended as an invaluable teacher's handbook and essential student companion for the effective study of African Literature.

Ernest Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA; the editorial board is composed of scholars from US, UK and African universities

Nigeria: HEBN


November 2011
17 black and white illustrations
173 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
African Literature Today
ISBN: 9781847015112
Format: Paperback
James Currey
BISAC EDU029050, LIT004010
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Editorial Article: Half a Century of Teaching African Literature in the Academy - Ernest N. Emenyonu
Teaching Ben Okri's The Famished Road & Syl Cheney-Coker's The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar - Eustace Palmer
What has Criticism Got to do with it?: Teaching Theory & Criticism in African Literary Studies - Charles Nnolim
Teaching African Literature in an Era of Technology: A Case Study of Coppin State University - Blessing Diala-Ogamba
Teaching African Literature Online in America: A University of Michigan-Flint Initiative - Patricia Emenyonu
Teaching African Literature in an Age of Multiculturalism - Helen Chukwuma
Challenges & Prospects of Teaching Oral Literature in Africa: A Teacher's Perspective - Mark Ighile
Teaching & Reading Doris Lessing's The Antheap - Anne Serafin
The Francophone Novel of Africa & the Caribbean: A Teacher's Perspective - Peter Wuteh Vakunta
Teaching about Africa through Literature, Film & Music - Isaac V. Joslin
Teaching African Oral Literature: A Nigerian Perspective - Godini G. Darah
Teaching African Literature without Redaction & Hypostasis - Chimalum Nwankwo
Reviews - James Gibbs


Not only does it continue to honor its pledge to be a forum for discovering new talents, but, with this latest issue, African Literature Today expands the territory of African literature by covering the subject of current instructional strategies. RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES

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