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  • Magical Realism in West African Fictionby Brenda Cooper

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 43.95

    This study contextualizes magical realism within current debates and theories of postcoloniality and examines the fiction of three of its West African pioneers: Syl Cheney-Coker of Sierra Leone, Ben Okri of Nigeria and Kojo Laing of Ghana. Brenda Cooper explores the distinct elements of the genre in a West African context, and in relation to: * a... more...

  • A History of South African Literatureby Christopher Heywood

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 37.00

    Christopher Heywood's critical study of South African literature. more...

  • Calibrationsby Ato Quayson

    University of Minnesota Press 2003; US$ 72.00

    Ato Quayson uses a method of reading he calls calibrations: a reading of literature with what lies beyond it as a way of understanding structures of transformation, process, and contradiction that inform both literature and society. He surveys texts ranging from Bob Marley lyrics, Toni Morrison?s work, Walter Benjamin?s Theses on the Philosophy of... more...

  • Student Encyclopedia of African Literatureby Douglas Killam; Alicia L. Kerfoot

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 85.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2010; US$ 119.95

    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...