Concert of Voices - Second Edition

An Anthology of World Writing in English


Author: Victor J. Ramraj

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 1551119773

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 608

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Concert of Voices combines poetry, fiction, drama, and essays in an anthology of world literature in English. This second edition preserves the first edition’s breadth and its balance of established and less widely known authors, while including a large selection of exciting new material. Biographical information and explanatory notes have been updated and expanded, and new pieces by Cyril Dabydeen, Vikram Seth, Wole Soyinka, Pauline Johnson, Rudy Wiebe, and many other authors have been added.

Postcolonial Plays

An Anthology


Author: Helen Gilbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136218173

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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This collection of contemporary postcolonial plays demonstrates the extraordinary vitality of a body of work that is currently influencing the shape of contemporary world theatre. This anthology encompasses both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts, all dealing with imperialism and its aftermath. It includes work from Canada, the Carribean, South and West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, New Zealand and Australia. A general introduction outlines major themes in postcolonial plays. Introductions to individual plays include information on authors as well as overviews of cultural contexts, major ideas and performance history. Dramaturgical techniques in the plays draw on Western theatre as well as local performance traditions and include agit-prop dialogue, musical routines, storytelling, ritual incantation, epic narration, dance, multimedia presentation and puppetry. The plays dramatize diverse issues, such as: *globalization * political corruption * race and class relations *slavery *gender and sexuality *media representation *nationalism

The Changing Face of African Literature / Les nouveaux visages de la littérature africaine


Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9042028858

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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The Changing Face of African Literature combines both the large picture – a synopsis of current trends in African literature – and the small: studies of individual texts and of themes across several texts. The large and the small are linked by recurring themes, such as gender and sexuality, the nation-state and its collapse, AIDS, war, and suffering. The volume is comparative, bringing together literature in at least five languages and from at least ten national literatures. Such a large, comparative frame is implied by most discussion of African literature but is too seldom seen. At the same time, the collection also problematizes the comparison: the goal is to make clear what African literatures have in common but also where they diverge. What difference do distinct literary traditions, readerships, and publishing patterns make to literatures which share a common thematic and so many of the same questions and needs? By juxtaposing contemporary texts form several traditions, the intention of this collection is to bring out the themes that are currently dominant in African literatures generally. After a preface by Liz Gunner and a wide-ranging introduction by the editors, the collection presents keynote essays on new paradigms in African literature, before treating specific themes – recent crime fiction, the Afrikaans and anglophone novel, feminist literature, ‘migritude’ – and studies of recent works by individual authors such as André Brink, Henri Djombo, Pie Tshibanda, Bessora, Nadine Gordimer, and Paulina Chiziane, as well as the South African television series Yizo Yizo.

Transgressing Boundaries.

Gender, Identity, Culture, and the ‘Other’ in Postcolonial Women’s Narratives in East Africa.


Author: Elizabeth F. Oldfield

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401209553

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Fictions written between 1939 and 2005 by indigenous and white (post)colonial women writers emerging from an African–European cultural experience form the focus of this study. Their voyages into the European diasporic space in Africa are important for conveying how African women’s literature is situated in relation to colonialism. Notwithstanding the centrality of African literature in the new postcolonial literatures in English, the accomplishments of the indigenous writer Grace Ogot have been eclipsed by the critical attention given to her male counterparts, while Elspeth Huxley, Barbara Kimenye, and Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye, who are of Western cultural provenance but adopt an African perspective, are not accommodated by the genre of ‘expatriate literature’. The present study of both indigenous and white (post)colonial women’s narratives that are common to both categories fills this gap. Focused on the representation of gender, identity, culture, and the ‘Other’, the texts selected are set in Kenya and Uganda, and a main concern is with the extent to which they are influenced by setting and intercultural influences. The ‘African’ woman’s creation of textuality is at once the expression of female individualities and a transgression of boundaries. The particular category of fiction for children as written by Kimenye and Macgoye reveals the configuration of a voice and identity for the female ‘Other’ and writer which enables a subversive renegotiation of identity in the face of patriarchal traditions.

Der Gute Mensch Von Sezuan


Author: Bertolt Brecht

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415045487

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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First published in 1986. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The African novel in English

an introduction


Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers

ISBN: 9780325000305

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 227

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The rise to global prominence of African literature, and particularly of the African novel, is one of the most vital and dynamic developments in contemporary world culture. In his book, Keith Booker provides an introduction to eight African novels written in English. The novels Booker examines include Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart, "Buchi Emecheta's "The Joys of Motherhood, "Ayi Kwei Armah's "The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, " Ama Ata Aidoo's " Our Sister Killjoy, "Nadine Gordimer's "Burger's Daughter, " Alex La Guma's "In the Fog of the Seasons' End, " Ngugi wa Thiong'o's " Devil on the Cross, " and Tsitsi Dangarembga's " Nervous Conditions. " Booker uses these works to illustrate the scope and variety of the African novel and the general aesthetic, cultural, and political concerns that have motivated African authors. The selected novels also can be read and studied together thus making "The African Novel in English " and ideal textbook for university courses.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Landmarks, Legacies, Expectations : Proceedings of the International Conference on Historic Slave Route Held at Accra, Ghana on 30 August-2 September 2004


Author: James Anquandah,Michel Doortmont,Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang

Publisher: Sub-Saharan Pub & Traders

ISBN: 9789988647735

Category: History

Page: 400

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Unesco celebrated 2004 as the international year to commemorate the struggle against slavery and its abolition. The Ghanaian Government's National Slave Route Project Committee held an international conference on transatlantic slave as part of that initiative. These papers are largely the proceedings of that conference, with the inclusion of a few papers from the National Conference on the Slave Trade in 2003. Supported by the Netherlands Embassy, Unesco, and an individual benefactor, the conference brought together over 400 people: Government Ministers, Unesco and diplomatic representatives, and scholars from Africa, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and the USA. Twenty-nine papers and statements are included. The book is divided into opening statements, followed by papers on three main themes: landmarks, legacies and expectations.

Forthcoming Books


Author: R.R. Bowker Company

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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