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ALT 27 New Novels in African Literature Today


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This is a seminal work that discusses the validity of the perception that the new generation of African novelists is remarkably different in vision, style, and worldview from the older generation. The contention is that the older generation novelists who were too close to the colonial period in Africa had invariably made culture-conflict and little else their dominant thematic concern while the younger generation novelists are more versatile in their thematic preoccupations, and are more global in their vision and style. Do the facts in the novels justify and validate these claims? The 13 papers in this volume have been carefully selected to consider these issues.
Brenda Cooper a renowned literary scholar from Cape Town writes on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus, while Charles Nnolim writes about Adichie's more recent novel Half of a Yellow Sun; Omar Sougou of Universite Gaston Berger, Senegal discusses 'ambivalent inscriptions' in Buchi Emecheta's later novels; Clement Okafor of the University of Maryland, addresses the theme of 'racial memory' in Isidore Okpewho's Call Me By My Rightful Name, juxtaposed between the world of the old and the realities of the present. Joseph McLaren, Hofstra University, New York, discusses Ngugi's latest novel, Wizard of the Crow, while Machiko Oike, Hiroshima University, Japan looks at a new theme in African adolescent literature, 'youth in an era of HIV/AIDS'. There is abundant evidence of the contrasts and diversities which characterize the African novel not only geographically, but also ideologically and generationally.

ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of the Department of Africana Studies University of Michigan-Flint.

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African Literature Today Editors


First Published: 19 Nov 2009
13 Digit ISBN: 9780852555729
Pages: 185
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Binding: Paperback
Imprint: James Currey
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 30 Apr 2016


  • 1  Editorial article: The African novel in the 21st century: sustaining the gains of the 20th century
  • 2  Resurgent spirits, Catholic echoes of Igbo & petals of purple: the syncretised world of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
  • 3  Ambivalent inscriptions: women, youth & diasporic identity in Buchi Emecheta's later fiction
  • 4  The interrupted dance: racial memory in Isidore Okpewho's Call Me By My Rightful Name
  • 5  The Ivorian crisis & Ahmadou Kourouma's posthumous political novel Quand on refuse, on dit non
  • 6  Women as the 'voice of the people'& the western audience: Ngugi's Wizard of the Crow
  • 7  The ankh & maat: symbols of successful revolution in Ayi Kwei Armah's Osiris Rising
  • 8  A new African youth novel in the era of HIV/AIDS: an analysis of Unity Dow's Far & beyon'
  • 9  The prison of Nigerian woman: female complicity in Sefi Atta's Everything Good Will Come
  • 10  Manufacturing skin for Somalia's history: Nuruddin Farah's deep hurt in Links
  • 11  A Zimbabwean ethic of humanity: Tsitsi Dangarembga's The Book of Not & the unhu philosophy of personhood:
  • 12  Coming to America: Ike Oguine's A Squatter's Tale & the Nigerian/African immigrant's narrative
  • 13  War discourse as fictional narrative: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun
  • 14  Reviews

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