African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium by Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

This tribute assortment displays the big variety and variety of James Gibbs's educational pursuits. the point of interest is on Africa, yet comparative reviews of alternative literatures additionally obtain realization. Fiction, drama, and poetry by means of writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, eire, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed along major missionaries, scientists, performers, and students. The writers mentioned contain Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli-Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. different essays deal with the black presence in eire, nameless rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller within the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary student and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi also are integrated. additionally provided are poems by way of Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales through Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs by way of Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic analyzing of a script written and co-performed by means of James Gibbs. members: Anne Adams, Sola Adeyemi, Kofi Anyidoho, Awo Mana Asiedu, Martin Banham, Eckhard Breitinger, Gordon Collier, James Currey, Geoffrey V. Davis, Chris Dunton, Robert Fraser, Raoul J. Granqvist, Gareth Griffiths, C.L. Innes, Charles R. Larson, Bernth Lindfors, Leif Lorentzon, Jack Mapanje, Christine Matzke, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Femi Osofisan, Eustace Palmer, Jane Plastow, Lynn Taylor, and Pia Thielmann.

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Abomination! (251–52) a Cultural Studies, Power, and the Idea of the Hegemonic 19 Si Bero’s labour of love for a brother she adores and respects has, without her knowledge, turned her into a cog in the State’s murderous machine. In addition, her role ‘resignified’ as enforced labour as Bero makes it clear that she is at his mercy and that her survival depends on her obedience to him and the State. Thus Bero is not only an embodiment of evil power but also its active disseminatory agent, through which the evil of the public sphere invades the domestic world of the village and its ancient healing powers.

He himself delights in wearing native clothes and has no disdain for his culture and language in spite of his English education, much to the amazement and chagrin of Mrs Borfosem and her followers. Okadu succeeds in winning Ms Tsiba, and they get engaged Westernfashion. ”24 He is so bent on being English that he jettisons traditional custom, which demands that the prospective groom pay a bride price.

283) To Iya Mate and Iya Agba, Bero’s abuse of the people and valued indigenous forms of knowledge is merely the latest manifestation of an old and merciless dispossession of the resources of a people so totally oppressed that they can no longer hope to escape the insatiable political monster whose hydra-like tentacles reach even the remotest village. The role of the Earth Mothers as Bero’s nemesis is also instructive of the efficacious redemptive capacity of margins, serving as sites of counter-knowledge beyond effective official surveillance and regulation.

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