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SOME HOT TOPICS
- Political change and social struggles in Contemporary Africa
- Representations of gender and sexuality in African literature
- Challenging hierarchies: issues and themes in colonial and post-colonial African literature
- African oral literature
- Magical realism in West African fiction: seeing with a third eye
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION
This guide includes print and online research tools related to the study of African Literature. It is a selected list of resource materials and is not meant to be exhaustive. Please see a reference librarian or your library liaison for additional research assistance.
The call numbers for all areas of English are in Class P. However, many interdisciplinary sources in other areas may be relevant.
Sample of Resources
The Rienner Anthology of African Literature by
Call Number: PL8013 .E5 R54 2007
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
Ranging from ancient cultures to the present century, from Africa's rich oral traditions to its contemporary fiction, poetry, and drama, this long-awaited comprehensive anthology reflects the enduring themes of African literature. The selections, drawn from the length and breadth of the continent, reveal the richness of African creativity. Readers will find myths and epics, works by such well-known figures as Chinua Achebe, Miriama Ba, Bessie Head, Tayeb Salih, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and fiction and poetry by myriad new writers. The pieces are organized chronologically within geographic region and enhanced by both introductory material and biographical notes on each writer. An author/title index and suggestions for further reading are also included.
African pasts, presents, and futures : generational shifts in African women's literature, film, and internet discourse by
Call Number: PS508.N3 N67 2014 V.1
Publication Date: 2013-10-17
African Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse, by Touria Khannous, provides a history of African women's cultural production, as well as an alternative approach to the arguments that have traditionally dominated post-colonial studies in general, and African and gender studies in particular. It examines some of the more overarching questions that are prevalent in the works of African women authors, who position themselves within the contexts of Islam, feminism, nationalism, modernity, and global and postcolonial politics, thus engaging in the construction of socio-political platforms for reform in their home countries. The book explores different aspects of women's agency at the political, cultural, social, religious and aesthetic level, and highlights their civil society activism and push for legal reform. It also traces their opinions on a range of social and political questions and underscores fundamental shifts in their positions and concerns through the different generations.
A History of South African Literature by
Call Number: PL8014 .S6 H49 2004
Publication Date: 2004-11-18
This book is a critical study of South African literature, from colonial and pre-colonial times onwards. Christopher Heywood discusses selected poems, plays and prose works in five literary traditions: Khoisan, Nguni-Sotho, Afrikaans, English, and Indian. The discussion includes over 100 authors and selected works, including poets from Mqhayi, Marais and Campbell to Butler, Serote and Krog, theatre writers from Boniface and Black to Fugard and Mda, and fiction writers from Schreiner and Plaatje to Bessie Head and the Nobel prizewinners Gordimer and Coetzee. The literature is explored in the setting of crises leading to the formation of modern South Africa, notably the rise and fall of the Emperor Shaka's Zulu kingdom, the Colenso crisis, industrialisation, the colonial and post-colonial wars of 1899, 1914, and 1939, and the dissolution of apartheid society. In Heywood's study, South African literature emerges as among the great literatures of the modern world.
Black African Literature in English, 1992-1996 by
Call Number: PR9340 .L563 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
This bibliographic work is a continuation of the earlier volumes compiled by Bernth Lindfors. Containing about 9000 entries, some of which are annotated to identify the authors discussed, it covers books, periodical articles, papers in edited collections and selective coverage of other relevant sources. Also included are a substantial number of African newspaper and magazine articles.
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