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Teaching the African Novel

Editor(s): Gaurav Desai

Pages: vii & 427 pp.
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781603290388 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781603290371 (cloth)

"This is an important book, one that is going to become an indispensable theoretical and practical guide for teachers of the African novel and indeed of African literature in general."
Simon Gikandi, Princeton University



What is the African novel, and how should it be taught?

The twenty-three essays of this volume address these two questions and in the process convey a wealth of information and ideas about the diverse regions, peoples, nations, languages, and writers of the African continent. Topics include
  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's favoring of indigenous languages and literary traditions over European
  • the special place of Marxism in African letters
  • the influence of Frantz Fanon
  • women writers and the sub-Saharan novel
  • the Maghrebian novel
  • the novel and the griot epic in the Sahel
  • Islam in the West African novel
  • novels in Spanish from Equatorial Guinea
  • apartheid and postapartheid fiction
  • African writers in the diaspora
  • globalization in East African fiction
  • teaching Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to students in different countries
  • the Onitsha market romance
The volume editor, Gaurav Desai, writes, "The point of the volume is to encourage a reading of Africa that is sensitive to its history of colonization but at the same time responsive to its present multiracial and multicultural condition."

Contributors
Cora Agatucci
Fernando Arenas
Louise Bethlehem
Nicholas Brown
Odile Cazenave
Brenda Cooper
Eleni Coundouriotis
Shirin Edwin
Dosinda García-Alvite
Harry Garuba
Olakunle George
Jarrod Hayes
Neville Hoad
Peter Kalliney
Mohamed Kamara
Lisa McNee
Onookome Okome
Tejumola Olaniyan
R. Radhakrishnan
Kimberly Wedeven Segall
S. Shankar
Zahr Said Stauffer
Christopher Wise

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