ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today

ALT 30 Reflections & Retrospectives: African Literature Today

Chimalum Nwankwo

Edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu


James Currey



A focus on some of the pioneers of African literary creation.
This special issue of African Literature Today is devoted to some of the pioneer voices of African fiction in the twentieth century: Bessie Head, Cyprian Ekwensi, Dennis Brutus, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Flora Nwapa, Ousmane Sembène and Zulu Sofola.
The contributors explore the development of these influential writers and their impact on the continent and beyond, through a study of their writing, sources and influences. Some focus on case studies of specific works which are particularly important in the creative development of the author.
The contributions of these writers to the growth and development of modern African Literature are highlighted. These are also writers whose works, in the words of Chimalum Nwankwo in his Introduction 'have defined for their time a deep engagement and commitment with the pulse of the people...'

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;
Chimalum Nwankwo (Guest Editor) Former Chair of the Department of English, North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, USA, and Professor of English and World Literatures, is currently on sabbatical at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

Nigeria: HEBN


November 2012
208 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Literature Today
ISBN: 9781847010568
Format: Paperback
Library eBook
James Currey
BISAC LIT004010, LIT018000, LIT000000
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Table of Contents

Editorial Article - Chimalum Nwankwo
Gender Politics, Home & Nation in Zulu Sofola's King Emene: Tragedy of a Rebellion - Maureen N. Eke
The Militant Writer in the Early Fiction of Ousmane Sembène: From Le docker noir to L'Harmattan - Kwawisi Tekpetey
Psychological Violence in Bessie Head's Maru & A Question of Power - Blessing Diala-Ogamba
Constructing the Destructive City: Representations of Lagos in Cyprian Ekwensi's People of the City - Louisa Uchum Egbunike
History, Progress & Prospects in the Development of African Literature: A Tribute to Dennis Brutus - Sophia O. Ogwude
Dispelling the Myth of the 'Silent Woman': The Nigerian Igbo Woman in Flora Nwapa'sEfuru - Shalini Nadaswaran
Interrogating Dichotomies, Reconstructing Emancipation: Bessie Head's Vision on Gender Issues - Hellen Roselyne L. Shigali
Eskia Mphahlele's Enduring Truth in Down Second Avenue - Joyce Ashuntantang
A Tribute to Cyprian O.D. Ekwensi (26 Sept 1921 - 4 Nov 2007): The Writer, the Man & his Era - Ernest N. Emenyonu
Reviews - James Gibbs

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