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  • Literature and Development in North Africaby Perri Giovannucci

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 46.95

    The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local society but rather to instability, poverty, debt, and repression.... more...

  • Student Encyclopedia of African Literatureby Douglas Killam; Alicia Kerfoot

    ABC-CLIO 2007; US$ 94.00

    African literature is a vast subject of growing output and interest. Written especially for students, this book selectively surveys the topic in a clear and accessible way. Included are roughly 600 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, genres, and major works. Many entries cite works for further reading, and the volume closes with a selected,... more...

  • Voices from the Other Worldby Naguib Mahfouz; Raymond Stock

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.00

    Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz reaches back millennia to his homeland?s majestic past in this enchanting collection of early tales that brings the world of ancient Egypt face to face with our own times. From the Predynastic Period, where a cabal of entrenched rulers banish virtue in jealous defense of their status, to the Fifth Dynasty, where a Pharaoh... more...

  • Black Mindby O.R. Dathorne

    University of Minnesota Press 1974; US$ 90.00

    The comprehensive account of the development of African literature from its beginnings in oral tradition to its contemporary expression in the writings of Africans in various African and European languages provides insight, both broad and deep, into the B more...

  • African Literature as Political Philosophyby M. S. C. Okolo

    Zed Books 2007; US$ 36.95

    African Literature as Political Philosophy looks in particular at Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, but situates these within the broader context of developments in African literature over the past half-century, discussing writers from Ayi Kwei Armah to Wole Soyinka. M.S.C. Okolo provides a thorough... more...

  • African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performanceby Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 48.95

    Through an engaged analysis of writers such as Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Niyi Osundare, and Tanure Ojaide and of African traditional oral poets like Omoekee Amao Ilorin and Mamman Shata Katsina, Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah develops an African indigenous discourse paradigm for interpreting and understanding literary and cultural materials. Na'Allah argues... more...

  • Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Artby Nadia G. Yaqub

    BRILL 2006; US$ 177.00

    Offering an analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings, this book addresses poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and explores the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry. more...

  • Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literaturesby Igor Maver

    Lexington Books 2009; US$ 79.99

    Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures should prove to be a central text for university courses in world literature in English and post-colonial critical theory. Focusing on writing that reflects themigrations of huge populations across the globe, the internationally recognized authors of these essays... more...

  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apartby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 54.00

    "Things Fall Apart", set in Nigeria about a century ago, is widely regarded as Chinua Achebe's masterpiece. Considered one of the most broadly read African novels, Achebe's work responded to the two-dimensional caricatures of Africans that often dominated Western literature. This guide contains a selection of contemporary criticism... more...

  • Ngugi wa Thiong?o, Gender, and the Ethics of Postcolonial Readingby Dr Brendon Nicholls

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    This is the first comprehensive book-length study of gender politics in Ngugi wa Thiong's fiction. Brendon Nicholls argues that the mechanisms of gender subordination are strategically crucial to Ngugi's ideological project, but that his fiction also creates transgressive spaces for women.Nicholls proposes a strategy of 'performative reading'... more...