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  • Bites of Insanityby Nsah Mala

    Langaa RPCIG 2015; US$ 18.00

    In this collection of poems Nsah Mala casts a critical compassionate gaze at the predicaments in the lives of present day Cameroonians. The poet lambasts power abuse in Cameroon and Africa. He decries the lost glory of traditional values sacrificed at the altar of ingratiation and materialism. Insalubrities are condemned, ignorance and its ramifications... more...

  • Genius in Bondageby Vincent Carretta; Philip Gould

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Until fairly recently, critical studies and anthologies of African American literature generally began with the 1830s and 1840s. Yet there was an active and lively transatlantic black literary tradition as early as the 1760s. Genius in Bondage situates this literature in its own historical terms, rather than treating it as a sort of prologue to... more...

  • At Zero Pointby Rose A. Zimbardo

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    At Zero Point presents an entirely new way of looking at Restoration culture, discourse, and satire. The book locates a rupture in English culture and epistemology not at the end of the eighteenth century (when it occurred in France) but at the end of the seventeenth century. Rose Zimbardo's hypothesis is based on Hans Blumenberg's concept of "zero... more...

  • Space, Place, and Gendered Violence in South African Writingby Sorcha Gunne

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Exploring the relationship between space, place, and gendered violence as depicted in a range of South African writing, Gunne examines the social and political conditions of exceptionality during and after apartheid. Writers covered include: Hilda Bernstein, J.M. Coetzee, Achmat Dangor, Ruth First, Nadine Gordimer, and Antjie Krog. more...

  • The Rising Sun and Bomaby Kenneth Usongo

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 18.00

    The Rising Sun and Boma interrogate social evils such as moral decadence, corruption, and greed that are rife in the Cameroonian society. In both plays, Ipah, Paddy, Dinna, and Boma, for example, exemplify how waywardness and avarice can subvert moral integrity. At the same time, the plays problematise the intersection of tradition and modernity, articulating... more...

  • Remembering a Legend: Chinua Achebeby N. Emenyonu; E. Nnolim

    African Heritage Press 2014; US$ 31.00

    Remembering a Legend: Chinua Achebe recaptures for the literary world the inimitable legacies of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), Africa?s leading novelist and literary philosopher of the 20th century. It addresses the questions of Achebe?s role in establishing the African art of the novel, his theories and standards for the criticism of African writing.... more...

  • Syncretic Arenasby Isidore Diala

    Editions Rodopi 2014; US$ 106.00

    This collection in part examines the legacy of the consummate Nigerian stage artist and scholar, Esiaba Irobi (1960?2010). Poems, tributes, and studies cele¬brate Irobi?s significance as actor, play¬wright, director, poet, and theatre theorist. Irobi?s life, temper, times, and career are inextricably linked to the history, devel¬opment, concerns, and... more...

  • Anglophone-Cameroon Literatureby Emmanuel Fru Doh; Shadrach A. Ambanasom

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 84.99

    Against a disturbing political backdrop and through an in-depth appraisal of selected illustrative texts from major genres?poetry, prose, and drama?Emmanuel Fru Doh presents the origins and growth of a young but potent literature. more...

  • Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalizationby T. Ankumah

    Langaa RPCIG 2014; US$ 27.55

    This prolific collection of essays, with contributions from scholars from across several disciplines, on the practice and implications of naming?Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization?explores diverse concerns in onomastics, such as cultural and ethnic implications as well as individual identity formation processes in the age of Globalization... more...

  • Dealing with Evilsby Annie Gagiano

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 26.99

    In a collection of sixteen essays, Gagiano addresses more than twenty texts from various African regions and periods. The works discussed here range from transcriptions of ancient (Khoikhoi/San) folktales to some of the classic texts of the African English literary canon and include recent writing about urgent contemporary social and gender issues.... more...