The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora by F. Abiola Irele

The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black Diaspora

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This collection of essays from eminent scholar F. Abiola Irele provides a comprehensive formulation of what he calls an "African imagination" manifested in the oral traditions and modern literature of Africa and the Black Diaspora. The African Imagination includes Irele's probing criticalreadings of the works of Chinua Achebe, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Amadou Hampate Ba, and Ahmadou Kourouma, among others, as well as examinations of the growing presence of African writing in the global literary marketplace and the relationship between African intellectuals and the West. Taken as awhole, this volume makes a superb introduction to African literature and to the work of one of its leading interpreters.

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F. Abiola Irele is at Ohio State University.
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Title:The African Imagination: Literature in Africa and the Black DiasporaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.9 × 5.91 × 0.91 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The African Imagination2. Orality, Literacy, and African Literature3. African Letters: The Making of a Tradition4. Dimensions of African Discourse5. A Study in Ambiguity: Amadou Hampate Ba's The Fortunes of Wangrin6. Narrative, History and the African Imagination: Amadou Kourouma's Monne, outrages et defis7. The Crisis of Cultural Memory in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart8. The Return of the Native: Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Masks9. A National Voice: The Poetry and Plays of John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo10. Parables of the African Condition: The New Realism in African FictionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"An interesting collection of essays...Well worth the reading time."--African Studies Review