Emerging Trends in Eastern African Literatures and Cultures

Emerging Trends in Eastern African Literatures and Cultures

This book volume engages the emergent ways and exercises of world-making in eastern African literatures and cultures.

Author: Susanne Gehrmann

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ISBN: 3962031405

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This book volume engages the emergent ways and exercises of world-making in eastern African literatures and cultures. It also includes how the world comes to eastern Africa as well as how eastern Africa speaks to the world. Writers within the region have come up with novel commentaries on diverse social issues. Artists and other users have invented new forms of expression through digitalization. The structure and content of this literature and cultural conversations, in line with modernity, has exhibited a fluidity that calls for the critical appraisal carried out in this book. Therefore, this book volume centralises the emergence of new patterns of engagement in the literatures and cultures of the region. Taking cue from the cultural transformations, technological advancements and political influences, the volume raises questions on politics, conflict and war, and the evolving genres and canon. The book crosses language barriers beyond English and includes critical attention to texts written in the Swahili and French languages. The chapters aim to give a broad overview of the writings and cultural expressions in the eastern African region, including novels, films, short stories, theatre, poetry, oral, and digital performances. TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction: An Overview of Trends in Eastern African Literatures and Cultures Oduor Obura Part One: The Evolving Literary Canon Literary Disruptions of the Ugandan Canon in Selected Ugandan Short Stories Edgar Nabutanyi A Discipline under Siege: Interrogating the Place of Literature in English in the Secondary School Curriculum in Tanzania Obala Musumba Cartographies of Killing: Transnational Drones in Eye in the Sky Jana Fedtke Performing in the Cyber Space: The Online Mchongoano Battles Kimingichi Wabende Mobile Phones in the Public Space: Communication as Contextual Cultural Practice in Kenya James Ogone Part Two: Conflict, Politics, and War Narrating Violence in Burundian Genocide and Civil War Literat
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Epistemic Justice and Creative Agency

Epistemic Justice and Creative Agency

Global Perspectives on Literature and Film Sarah Colvin, Stephanie Galasso ... His most recent publication is the book volume Emerging Trends in Eastern African Literatures and Cultures (2020), co-edited with S. Gehrmann, O. Obura, ...

Author: Sarah Colvin

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000641943

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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Foundational theories of epistemic justice, such as Miranda Fricker's, have cited literary narratives to support their case. But why have those narratives in particular provided the resource that was needed? And is cultural production always supportive of epistemic justice? This essay collection, written by experts in literary, philosophical, and cultural studies working in conversation with each other across a range of global contexts, expands the emerging field of epistemic injustice studies. The essays analyze the complex relationship between narrative, aesthetics, and epistemic (in)justice, referencing texts, film, and other forms of cultural production. The authors present, without seeking to synthesize, perspectives on how justice and injustice are narratively and aesthetically produced. This volume by no means wants to say the last word on epistemic justice and creative agency. The intention is to open out a productive new field of study, at a time when understanding the workings of injustice and possibilities for justice seems an ever more urgent project.
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Trauma and Transformation in African Literature

Trauma and Transformation in African Literature

This book fills a gap in the field of contemporary trauma studies by interrogating the relevance of trauma for African literatures.

Author: J. Roger Kurtz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315467511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book fills a gap in the field of contemporary trauma studies by interrogating the relevance of trauma for African literatures. Kurtz argues that a thoughtful application of trauma theory in relation to African literatures is in fact a productive exercise, and furthermore that the benefits of this exercise include not only what it can do for African literature, but also what it can do for trauma studies. He makes the case for understanding trauma healing within the larger project of peacebuilding, with an emphasis on the transformative potential of what he terms the African moral imagination as embodied in the creative work of its writers. He offers readings of selected works by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie, and Nuruddin Farah as case studies for how African literature can influence our understanding of trauma and trauma healing. This will be a valuable volume for those with interests in current trends and developments in trauma studies, African literary studies, postcolonial studies, and memory studies.
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The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945

The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945

The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 challenges the conventional belief that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are restricted to the former British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania ...

Author: Simon Gikandi

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231500647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945 challenges the conventional belief that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are restricted to the former British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Instead, these traditions stretch far into such neighboring countries as Somalia and Ethiopia. Simon Gikandi and Evan Mwangi assemble a truly inclusive list of major writers and trends. They begin with a chronology of key historical events and an overview of the emergence and transformation of literary culture in the region. Then they provide an alphabetical list of major writers and brief descriptions of their concerns and achievements. Some of the writers discussed include the Kenyan novelists Grace Ogot and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ugandan poet and essayist Taban Lo Liyong, Ethiopian playwright and poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Tanzanian novelist and diplomat Peter Palangyo, Ethiopian novelist Berhane Mariam Sahle-Sellassie, and the novelist M. G. Vassanji, who portrays the Indian diaspora in Africa, Europe, and North America. Separate entries within this list describe thematic concerns, such as colonialism, decolonization, the black aesthetic, and the language question; the growth of genres like autobiography and popular literature; important movements like cultural nationalism and feminism; and the impact of major forces such as AIDS/HIV, Christian missions, and urbanization. Comprehensive and richly detailed, this guide offers a fresh perspective on the role of East Africa in the development of African and world literature in English and a new understanding of the historical, cultural, and geopolitical boundaries of the region.
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A Companion to African Literatures

A Companion to African Literatures

“African Literature in the Digital Age: Class and Sexual Politics in New Writing from Nigeria and Kenya. ... “The Development of English Drama in East Africa: A Study of the Emergence of New Trends of Modern Theatre and Drama.

Author: Olakunle George

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119058175

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.
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Postcolonial Justice

Postcolonial Justice

Her work is interdisciplinary in approach, and seeks to use recent trends in childhood studies, cultural studies, ... His publications include his doctoral dissertation on East African literature, co-edited volumes of essays on African ...

Author: Anke Bartels

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004335196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 406

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Postcolonial Justice addresses a crucial issue in current postcolonial theory: the question of how to reconcile an ethics of diversity and difference with the normative, if not universal thrust that appears to energize any notion of justice.
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New Trends Generations in African Literature

New Trends   Generations in African Literature

The consequent confusion of the persona at this occurrence makes him declare : I came to nowhere with sprouting seedlings And emerging buds of neo - African culture So I stood in the expansive world A child of no world . ( Juices , p .

Author: Eldred Durosimi Jones

Publisher: James Currey Publishers

ISBN: 0852555202

Category: Africa

Page: 196

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"Professor Eldred Jones says 'African literature continues to be intensely political and seems destined to remain so for some time. The writers are in the thick of the fight for the true liberation of their countries, a position which is still fraught with dangers.' He believes that 'it is possible to distinguish in the literatures of most countries pre-independence from post-independence literature but only as trends rather than as sudden dramatic breaks.' The articles in this collection point up: The increasing importance of women writers; that war produces a significant change in focus; [and] the growth of literature of protest against the misuse of independence. Professor Jones says 'South African writers will now have to emerge from the dominating theme of apartheid into close examination of humanity in a "free" society ... The military phenomenon has provided Nigerian writers with a succession of sub-periods int heir literary history.'"--Publisher's description.
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Encyclopedia of African Literature

Encyclopedia of African Literature

The culmination of these debates on the future of East African literature was a colloquium held at Nairobi University ... of African socialism, which seemed to resonate with the new cultural spirit that the Nairobi University cultural ...

Author: Simon Gikandi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134582235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 648

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The most comprehensive reference work on African literature to date, this book covers all the key historical and cultural issues in the field. The Encyclopedia contains over 600 entries covering criticism and theory, African literature's development as a field of scholarship, and studies of established and lesser-known writers and their texts. While the greatest proportion of literary work in Africa has been a product of the twentieth century, the Encyclopedia also covers the literature back to the earliest eras of story-telling and oral transmission, making this a unique and valuable resource for those studying social sciences as well as humanities. This work includes cross-references, suggestions for further reading, and a comprehensive index.
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The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean Since 1950

The Novel in Africa and the Caribbean Since 1950

Nationalists and Nomads: Essays on Francophone African Literature and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Mirmotahari, Emad. 2011. Islam in the Eastern African Novel. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Moore, Gerald. 1962.

Author: Simon Gikandi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199765096

Category: Africa

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Categories: Africa