Postcolonial African Writers

A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

by Pushpa Naidu Parekh, ed., Siga Fatima Pagne, ed.

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July 1998


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Postcolonial African writers have made an enormous contribution to world literature. These writers frequently examine such issues as emerging identities in the postcolonial climate, neo-colonialism and new forms of oppression, cultural and political hegemonies, neo-elitism, language appropriation, and economic instability. During the last decade, their works have elicited increasing critical attention. This reference book overviews the richness of postcolonial African literature. The volume focuses on how postcoloniality is reflected in the novels, poetry, prose, and drama of major, minor, and emerging writers from diverse countries in Africa, including representative North and South African writers as well as writers of the Indian diaspora born in Africa. While authors in indigenous African languages continue to produce valuable works, the volume principally considers Anglophone and Francophone authors, along with two Lusophone writers.

The reference book begins with an introductory essay on postcolonial criticism and African writing. The volume then presents alphabetically arranged profiles of approximately 60 writers, such as Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Tabar Ben Jelloun, Doris Lessing, Peter Nazareth, Gabriel Okara, Femi Osofisan, and Efua Theodora Sutherland. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes that appear in the author's writings, an overview of the critical response to the author's works, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. These profiles are written by expert contributors and reflect many valuable perspectives. The volume concludes with a selected general bibliography of the most important critical works on postcolonial African literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Carole Boyce DaviesPrefaceIntroduction by Pushpa Naidu Parekh and Siga Fatima JagneChinua Achebe by Emmanuel S. NelsonAma Ata Aidoo by Hildegard HoellerZaynab Alkali by Christine LoflinAyi Kwei Armah by Samuel A. DseaguKofi Awoonor by Alma Jean Billingslea-BrownMariama Bâ by Siga Fatima JagneCalixthe Beyala by Juliana Makuchi Nfah-AbbenyiDennis Vincent Frederick Brutus John Bruin by Craig W. McLuckieDriss Chraïbi by Lynne Dumont RogersJ. P. Clark-Bekederemo by Emevwo BiakoloMia Couto by Jared BanksTsitsi Dangarembga by Eleni CoundouriotisNafissatou Diallo by Lisa McNeeDavid Mandessi Diop by Ode S. OgedeAssia Djebar by Mary B. VoglEmmanuel Boundzeki Dongala by Anne E. Lessick-XiaoBuchi Emecheta by Marie UmehFemi Euba by Iyunolu Folayan OsagieAminata Sow Fall by Dominic ThomasNuruddin Farah by Hema ChariAthol Fugard by Jo E. NelNadine Gordimer by Carol P. Marsh-LockettMafika Gwala by Jogamaya BayerBessie Head by Elaine SavoryVincent Chukwuemeka Ike by Chinyere Grace OkaforFrancis Imbuga by J. Roger KurtzFestus Ikhuoria Ojeaga Iyayi by Chinyere Grace OkaforTahar Ben Jelloun by Soraya MékertaMohammed Khaïr-Eddine by Lynne Dumont RogersUngulani Ba Ka Khosa by Jared BanksEllen Kuzwayo by Lindsay Pentolfe AegerterAlex La Guma by Harold BarrattCamara Laye by Brian Evenson and David BeusDoris Lessing by Christine W. SizemoreMuthoni Likimani by Maxine BeahanDambudzo Marechera by Brian EvensonMicere M. Githae Mugo by Judith Imali AbalaPeter Nazareth by J. Roger KurtzNg~ugiwa Thiong'o by John C. HawleyLewis Nkosi by Brinda BoseFlora Nwapa by Christine LoflinMolara Ogundipe-Leslie by Ode S. OgedeGabriel Okara by Pushpa Naidu ParekhChristopher Ifeanyichukwu Okigbo by Nalini IyerBen Okri by Robert BennettFemi Osofisan by Elaine SavoryFerdinand Oyono by Vanessa EversonEssop Patel by Jogamaya BayerAlan Paton by Jo E. NelOkot p'Bitek by Awuor AyodoJean-Joseph Rabearivelo by Moradewun A. AdejunmobiTijan Sallah by Siga Fatima JagneOlive Schreiner by Nicholas BirnsLeïla Sebbar by S. D. MénagerLéopold Sédar Senghor by Samba DiopWole Soyinka by Femi EubaEfua Theodora Sutherland by Adaku T. AnkumahSony Labou Tansi by Dominic ThomasMositi Torontle by Musa W. DubeAmos Tutuola by Norman WeinsteinSelected BibliographyIndex



Students of modern literature will benefit from the prefatory essays on the postcolonial concept in this biographical, critical, and bibliographical introduction to 60 African writers. General readers will benefit from the clear, knowledgeable, and fascinating insights presented on many new and little-known African writers, as well as authors of international reputation. Teachers adding diversity to literature classes will find this an invaluable source....Highly recommended for specialist literary and Africana collections; a useful introduction to African writers for general collections.—Choice

A much-needed sourcebook, this work brings together resources that would normally be scattered over several volumes and presents a critical examination of the issues, advantages, and shortcomings of postcolonial theory as it relates to African writing....The book is excellent in scope and organization. The divergent intellectual and cultural frameworks of both the writers and contributors represented in this volume present a cogent discussion of the many ways in which Africans are circumscribing their own expereinces for global audiences.—H-Net Reviews

Its authors intended ^IPostcolonial African Writers^R to be a cornerstone for more specific, focused work in the field. It seems particularly well suited to be just that. Reading any of the thoughtful essays in this book should move the industrious scholar to do more research, as each stands alone as a strong introduction to its topic. ^IPostcolonial African Writers^R fills a large gap in the reference literature, and is an important addition to cultural and literary studies. It would be a valuable research tool in any library supporting an undergraduate or graduate literature program.—RUSQ general, ^IPostcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Biographical Critical Sourcebook^R is one of the most welcomed a useful tool, resource and medium.... the book is so well written and approachable that the over five hundred pages can be delightfully covered, providing the reader with a unique opportunity to learn a lot about African literatures in a short period of general a great addition to African literature....will always be an asset for the further research and serious study that African literatures, like the literatures of the world, invite.—Journal of Third World Studies

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