West African literatures: ways of reading

Newell, Stephanie (2006) West African literatures: ways of reading. Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures in English . Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199273973

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Abstract

This study of West African literatures interweaves the analysis of fiction, drama and poetry with an exploration of the broader political, cultural and intellectual contexts within which West African writers work. Anglophone literatures form the central focus of the book, with comparative comments on vernacular literature, francophone writing and oral literatures. Moving from a discussion of nationalist and anti-colonial writing in the period before independence, towards the more experimental writings of contemporary authors, the book constantly relates texts to the social and political history of West Africa. Canonical, internationally well-known writers such as Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka are positioned in relation to the literary cultures and debates which surrounded them when they first produced their seminal texts.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 90000 words
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Steph Newell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 14:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17075
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