Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward by Ode OgedeIntertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward by Ode Ogede

Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward

byOde Ogede

Hardcover | August 18, 2011

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Intellectual exchange among African creative writers is the subject of this highly innovative and wide-ranging look at several forms of intertextuality on the continent. Focusing on the issue of the availability of old canonical texts of African literature as a creative resource, this study throws light on how African authors adapt, reinterpret, and redeploy existing texts in the formulation of new ones. Contemporary African writers are taking advantage of and extending the resources available in the existing native literary tradition. But the field of inter-ethnic/trans-national African literary inter-textual studies is a novel one in itself as the theme of African writers' debt to Euro-American authors has been the critical commonplace in African literature. Detailing the echoes and reverberations the voices of the past have generated, and the distinctive uses to which the writers are putting one another's works, the book demonstrates that the influence of local stock is significant: it is pervasive and widespread, and manifests itself in ways both random and systematic, but it is a ubiquitous presence in the African literary imagination.
Ode Ogede is professor in the Department of English and Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University.
Title:Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking InwardFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.43 × 6.49 × 0.83 inPublished:August 18, 2011Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739164465

ISBN - 13:9780739164464


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1. When an Elephant Rustles the Bush ... Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Is a Picture Still Worth a Thousand Words? From Documentary to Investigative Realism: Cyprian Ekwensi's Jagua Nana and Flora Nwapa's One is Enough Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Lampoon, or the Power of Savage Satire, and the Visual Object of Distaste: Chinua Achebe's A Man of the People and Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Chapter 5 Chapter 4. On the Politics of Love: Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease and Bessie Head's Maru Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Masking the Infrastuctural Frame: Christopher Okigbo and his Acolytes (Labyrinths' Aural and Thematic Echoes in Okinba Launko's Minted Coins and Chimalum Nwankwo's The Heart in the Womb) Chapter 7 Conclusion. Coming out of Shadow: Eye on the Tradition, Looking for Consequence

Editorial Reviews

Ode Ogede's Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward has recuperated the term intertextuality from its two decades of disuse in a detailed discussion of the intra-continental duologue's among major African writers. .. The book is a significant study of disjunctions and continuities among African artists. . . Ogede succeeds in showcasing the diversity of African literature and relocating it from what he considers regionalism. . . [He] reads individual works with great sensitivity and attention to detail. . . [H]e does a superb job in offering the main novels under study granular critical attention. His approach is trans-disciplinary and deeply comparative, sometimes drawing on medieval studies and Elizabethan theatre to offer a fresh perspective on modern African cultural expression. Another major strength of the book is that it draws on some African scholarship and debates generated in African institutions, something rare in African literary studies in the West, where critics often cite only a coterie of colleagues in privileged institutions. He uses accessible language, a refreshing change from fashionable critical jargon. Ogede further includes writers who have not been canonized even in African critical circles. In a field in which discussions are limited to a clique of African writers published in Western venues, it is refreshing to read a sustained analysis of works by Launko and Nwankwo, which have rarely been studied.