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Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature

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Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature by Ode Ogede
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Intellectual exchange among African creative writers is the subject of this highly innovative and wide-ranging look at several forms of intertextuality on the continent. Focusing on the issue of the availability of old canonical texts of African literature as a creative resource, this study throws light on how African authors adapt, reinterpret, and redeploy existing texts in the formulation of new ones. Contemporary African writers are taking advantage of and extending the resources available in the existing native literary tradition. But the field of inter-ethnic/trans-national African literary inter-textual studies is a novel one in itself as the theme of African writers' debt to Euro-American authors has been the critical commonplace in African literature. Detailing the echoes and reverberations the voices of the past have generated, and the distinctive uses to which the writers are putting one another's works, the book demonstrates that the influence of local stock is significant: it is pervasive andwidespread, and manifests itself in ways both random and systematic, but it is a ubiquitous presence in the African literary imagination.
Lexington Books; September 2011
240 pages; ISBN 9780739164488
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Title: Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature
Author: Ode Ogede
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