Teaching the African Novel
Editor(s): Gaurav Desai
Pages: vii & 427 pp.
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
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."
- Ngugi 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
Kimberly Wedeven Segall
Zahr Said Stauffer
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