ALT 13 Recent Trends in the Novel: African Literature Today

ALT 13 Recent Trends in the Novel: African Literature Today

A review

Eustace Palmer

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.
First published in 1983, this volume looks at new developments in the African novel and also at those aspects of more established works that received less critical attention, such as writing from southern Africa, to which censorship and war restricted access. Eldred Jones in his Editorial also cites the "searing impact of the Nigerian Civil War, on the consciousness, not just on Nigerians, but on Africans as a whole". There are also contributions on Nigerian populist Kole Omotoso and Dambudzo Marechera's prize-winning House of Hunger. One of the most significant trends is the emergence of the powerful feminist talents of Buchi Emecheta, Flora Nwapa, Bessie Head, Ama Ata Aidoo and Rebeka Njau. Articles by Eustace Palmer and Femi Ojo-Ade examine the depth and intensity with which some new novelists present the female point of view.


January 1983
256 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
African Literature Today
ISBN: 9780852555132
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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Table of Contents

Editorial - Eldred Jones
Myth & modern fiction: Armah's Two Thousand Seasons [Isidore Okpewho]
Words pf iron, sentences of thunder: Soyinka's prose style [Niyi Osundare]
The feminist point of view: Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood [Eustace Palmer]
Identity crisis in the tragic novels of Isidore Okpewho [V.U. Ola]
The revised Arrow of God [Bruce King]
Colonial contact & language in Ferdinand Oyono's Houseboy
Populist fiction: Omotoso's novels [F. Odun Balogun]
Narrative method in the novels of Ngugi [Florence Stratton]
Heroism in A Grain of Wheat [Eileen Julien]
Mirror of reality: The novels of Meja Mwangi [Elizabeth Knight]
Female writers, male critics [Femi Ojo-Ade]
Acculturation & character portrayal in southern African novels [Norman C. Jones]
New writing from Zimbabwe: Dambudzo Marechera's The House of Hunger [Mbulelo V. Mzamane]
Reviews include: Ernest Emenyonu's The Rise of the Igbo Novel, Chukwuemeka Ike's Sunset at Dawn and Stephen Gray's Caltrop's Desire

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