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  • Language of Humour, Theby Walter Nash

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 71.95

    The broad aim of this lively and engaging book is to examine relationships between the linguistic patterns, the stylistic functions, and the social and cultural contexts of humour. The material used in illustration is of corresponding breadth: schoolyard jokes, graffiti, aphorisms, advertisements, arguments, anecdotes, puns, parodies, passages of... more...

  • Translated People,Translated Textsby Tina Steiner

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 48.95

    Translated People, Translated Texts examines contemporary migration narratives by four African writers who live in the diaspora and write in English: Leila Aboulela and Jamal Mahjoub from the Sudan, now living in Scotland and Spain respectively, and Abdulrazak Gurnah and Moyez G. Vassanji from Tanzania, now residing in the UK and Canada. Focusing... more...

  • Gender Issues in African Literatureby Chin Ce; Charles Smith

    Handel Books 2014; US$ 26.95

    Gender Issues in African Literature examines the ways in which some protagonists of African fictions are made to counter and challenge intertwined Western discourses on gender, employment, sexuality, and health. Here the conflict between Tradition and Modernity is argues from the favourite premise of male supremacist ideology showing how women have... more...

  • Postcolonial Literatureby Dave Gunning

    Edinburgh University Press 2013; Not Available

    Introduces an array of fiction and poetry, examining how writers from Africa, Australasia, the Caribbean, Canada, Ireland, and South Asia have engaged with the challenges that beset postcolonial societies. Discusses many of the most-studied works of postcolonial literature, from Disgrace , through Things Fall Apart to White Teeth . more...

  • Tiger in an African palace, and other thoughts about identification and transformationby Richard Fardon

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 34.95

    Tiger in an African palace collects eight essays about kinship and belonging that Richard Fardon wrote to complement his monographs on West Africa. The essays extend those book-length descriptions by pursuing their wider implications for theory in social anthropology: exploring the relationship between comparison and historical reconstruction, and... more...

  • Before the Rainbowby Emmanuel Fru Doh

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 15.95

    Emmanuel Fru Doh, a native of Cameroon, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He taught at the University of Yaounde (E.N.S. Bambili) for almost a decade-the 90s-before leaving for the US. He then had a brief stint as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota before settling into the Department of English at Century,... more...

  • Novels of Botswana in English, 1930-2006by Mary S. Lederer

    African Heritage Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    Mary Lederer provides a valuable critical/historical survey of the genesis and development of the English novel in Botswana. This book comes as a timely correction of the notion that Botswana has no sustained fiction written in English, thus filling a gap that has existed for a long time in the literature of that country. more...

  • Dance of Lifeby Gail Fincham

    Ohio University Press 2012; US$ 27.99

    In recent years, the work of Zakes Mda?novelist, painter, composer, theater director and filmmaker?has attracted worldwide critical attention. Gail Fincham?s book examines the five novels Mda has written since South Africa?s transition to democracy: Ways of Dying (1995), The Heart of Redness (2000), The Madonna of Excelsior (2002), The Whale... more...

  • Magical Realism in West African Fictionby Brenda Cooper

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 43.95

    This book focuses on the cultural politics of magical realism, as exemplified in the fiction of Syl Cheney-Coker, Ben Okri and Kojo Laing and contextualizes their fiction within current debate. more...

  • Selected Essays of Wilson Harrisby A.J.M. Bundy

    Taylor and Francis 2005; US$ 46.95

    Best known for his novels, Harris had written fiction and non-fiction since the 1960s. This provides the most comprehensive collection of his essays, interviews and lectures from the '60s to the present. Includes a bibliography of his work. more...