The African Novel of Ideas

writing competent but structurally unoriginal realist novels when faced with the impossibly dense (and unequal) human ... as a literary genre by reintroducing an outdated kind of novel of ideas within it as a hostile interlocutor.

Author: Jeanne-Marie Jackson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691186448

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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"This study focuses on the role of the philosophical novel--a genre that favors abstract concepts, or 'thinking about thinking,' over style, plot, or character development--and the role of philosophy more broadly in the intellectual life of the African continent"

Dictators Dictatorship and the African Novel

All of Abur ̃ıria's 'institutions of learning' 'teach only those ideas that come from the supreme educator'. Indeed 'all books published in the country would carry the name of the Ruler as the original author', even religious texts ...

Author: Robert Spencer

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030665569

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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This book examines the representation of dictators and dictatorships in African fiction. It examines how the texts clarify the origins of postcolonial dictatorships and explore the shape of the democratic-egalitarian alternatives. The first chapter explains the ‘neoliberal’ period after the 1970s as an effective ‘recolonization’ of Africa by Western states and international financial institutions. Dictatorship is theorised as a form of concentrated economic and political power that facilitates Africa’s continued dependency in the context of world capitalism. The deepest aspiration of anti-colonial revolution remains the democratization of these authoritarian states inherited from the colonial period. This book discusses four novels by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Ahmadou Kourouma, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in order to reveal how their themes and forms dramatize this unfinished struggle between dictatorship and radical democracy.

An Introduction to the African Prose Narrative

Novelistic elements of the African novel The task of the literary critic is , as Frye observes in his introduction ... For example , in his novel of ideas , The Trial of Christopher Okigbo , Ali A. Mazrui chooses a futuristic time and ...

Author: Lokangaka Losambe

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9781592211371

Category: African prose literature

Page: 273

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This collection of essays introduces students of African literature to the heritage of the African prose narrative, starting from its oral base and covering its linguistic and cultural diversity. The book brings together essays on both the classics and the relatively new works in all subgenres of the African prose narrative, including the traditional epic, the novel, the short story and the autobiography. The chapters are arranged according to the respective thematic paradigms under which the discussed works fall.

World Literature and the Postcolonial

... Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” In Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: the Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge. Jackson, Jeanne-Marie. (2015). “The South African Novel of Ideas.

Author: Elke Sturm-Trigonakis

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3662617854

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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This volume approaches literary representations of post and neocolonialism by combining their readings with respective theoretical configurations. The aim is to cast light upon common characteristics of contemporary texts from around the world that deal with processes of colonization. Based on the epistemic discourses of postimperialism/postcolonialism, globalization, and world literature, the volume’s chapters bring together international scholars from various disciplines in the Humanities, including Comparative Cultural Studies, Slavic, Romance, German, and African Studies. The main concern of the contributions is to conceptualize an autonomous category of a world literature of the colonial, going well beyond established classifications according to single languages or center-periphery dichotomies. ​

The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel

However, as George argues, it is in the contradictory motions of striving to create an African discourse by way of ... major Africanist critics were methodologically tied to the reflectionist view of literature - namely, the idea that ...

Author: Abiola Irele

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521855608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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An overview of the key novels and novelists of the continent, covering multiple cultures and languages.

A Companion to African Literatures

Her first book is South African Literature's Russian Soul: Narrative Forms of Global Isolation (2015), and her second, The African Novel of Ideas, is currently in press. In addition to her publications in a wide range of academic and ...

Author: Olakunle George

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119058171

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

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How have African literatures unfolded in their rich diversity in our modern era of decolonization, nationalisms, and extensive transnational movement of peoples? How have African writers engaged urgent questions regarding race, nation, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality? And how do African literary genres interrelate with traditional oral forms or audio-visual and digital media? A Companion to African Literatures addresses these issues and many more. Consisting of essays by distinguished scholars and emerging leaders in the field, this book offers rigorous, deeply engaging discussions of African literatures on the continent and in diaspora. It covers the four main geographical regions (East and Central Africa, North Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa), presenting ample material to learn from and think with. Chapters focus on literatures in European languages officially used in Africa --English, French, and Portuguese-- as well as homegrown African languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, and Yoruba. With its lineup of lucid and authoritative analyses, readers will find in A Companion to African Literatures a distinctive, rewarding academic resource.

African Ecomedia

27 For an excellent exception, which also shares this book's engagement with African texts for a sophisticated, local articulation of universal ideas, see Jeanne-Marie Jackson, The African Novel of Ideas: Philosophy and Individualism in ...

Author: Cajetan Iheka

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478022043

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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In African Ecomedia, Cajetan Iheka examines the ecological footprint of media in Africa alongside the representation of environmental issues in visual culture. Iheka shows how, through visual media such as film, photography, and sculpture, African artists deliver a unique perspective on the socioecological costs of media production, from mineral and oil extraction to the politics of animal conservation. Among other works, he examines Pieter Hugo's photography of electronic waste recycling in Ghana and Idrissou Mora-Kpai's documentary on the deleterious consequences of uranium mining in Niger. These works highlight not only the exploitation of African workers and the vast scope of environmental degradation but also the resourcefulness and creativity of African media makers. They point to the unsustainability of current practices while acknowledging our planet's finite natural resources. In foregrounding Africa's centrality to the production and disposal of media technology, Iheka shows the important place visual media has in raising awareness of and documenting ecological disaster even as it remains complicit in it.

Islam in the Eastern African Novel

Theyalso, however,defy theideathatpolitical consciousness and commitment necessarily spring from nationhood and ... Gurnah's novels merge withother African novels over shared experiences of a colonial past,cultural fragmentation, ...

Author: E. Mirmotahari

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230119298

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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This study of the sub-Saharan African novel interprets representations of Islam as a central organising presence that generates new conceptual questions and demands new critical frameworks with which to approach categories like nationhood, race, diaspora, immigration, and Africa's multiple colonial pasts.

Novel Ideas

'And the question', Achebe says, 'is whether a novel which celebrates this dehumanization, which depersonalizes a portion ... a universally acknowledged starting point for postcolonial, indigenous African fiction' (Appiah, 2013, n.p.).

Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Red Globe Press

ISBN: 1352008459



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Cultural identity in the East African novel

But why should these issues be relevant for the quest for cultural identity in novels from the context of East Africa? I will confirm the adequacy of the above topics by means of a short survey over the development of the literary ...

Author: Regina Hartmann


ISBN: 3836626721

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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Inhaltsangabe:Introduction: As the Black African writers have taught us, we must dance our word, for in human speech as in dance, lies an offering; to speak and to write is also to offer oneself to the other; it is to be reborn together . This quotation by M. Rombaut locates African literature close to the performing arts. According to his statement African literature seems to transcend the conventional European conception of writing, which is conceiving literature as something planned and permanent. The idea of a literary performance in African writing places the author much closer to the story-teller, who is dependent on his audience and trying to keep in touch with them. By processing their feelings in his performance he gives expression to a common consciousness. In contrast to the Western author who often wants to stand apart from his society, African authors tend to aim their participation in the formation of a shared identity. This paper tries to find out how authors from the framework of East Africa conceive of cultural identity. Basically, I will proceed in two steps: part A is dedicated to the development of a pattern within which the complex issue of identity can be adequately discussed in an East African context. In Part B I will then apply this discussion scheme to three novels which as I will explain are representative for East African writing, in far as this term is justified. Part A starts off from some basic observations about identity, on the foundation of which I want to deduce the structure of my analysis. I will argue that identity is based on ones observation of the environment and on the influence of outsiders. All this is to some extent true for two concepts: individual and cultural identity. The latter develops when a group of individuals feels or is ascribed a common bond apt to correspond to several individual self-concepts. These individuals may then share a feeling of home, which can act as a physical but also mental commitment. Departing form these ideas I will show that four issues might be interesting in dealing with cultural identity, which can be expressed by some central questions: 1.Identity imposed and adopted: In how far can others influence our identity? 2.Identity rediscovered and reinvented:To what extent does our history work on identity? 3.Identity displaced: How does our feeling of physical or mental bond to a physical or mental space I will call home work on identity? 4.Identity integrated: How [...]