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The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel

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F. Abiola Irele, Olukunle George, Dan Izevbaye, Barbara Harlow, Chris Warnes, Shaden Tageldin, Bernard Aresu, Lydie Moudileno, M. Keith Booker, Ato Quayson, Nana Wilson-Tagoe, Apollo Amoko, Phyllis Taoua, Dominic Thomas, Harry Garuba
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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671682

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  • Africa's strong tradition of storytelling has long been an expression of an oral narrative culture. African writers such as Amos Tutuola, Naguib Mahfouz, Wole Soyinka and J. M. Coetzee have adapted these older forms to develop and enhance the genre of the novel, in a shift from the oral mode to print. Comprehensive in scope, these new essays cover the fiction in the European languages from North Africa and Africa south of the Sahara, as well as in Arabic. They highlight the themes and styles of the African novel through an examination of the works that have either attained canonical status - an entire chapter is devoted to the work of Chinua Achebe - or can be expected to do so. Including a guide to further reading and a chronology, this is the ideal starting-point for students of African and world literatures.

    • Covers fiction in African and European languages and Arabic
    • Includes detailed analysis of major authors including Chinua Achebe
    • Features a comprehensive bibliography of primary works and a guide to further reading
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    '… an impressive team of contributors, with a fine balance of African, North American and European, Anglophone and Francophone scholars.' SCOLMA

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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671682
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    1. Introduction: perspectives on the African novel F. Abiola Irele
    2. The oral/literate interface Olukunle George
    3. Chinua Achebe and the African novel Dan Izevbaye
    4. Protest and resistance Barbara Harlow
    5. The Afrikaans novel Chris Warnes
    6. The African novel in Arabic Shaden Tageldin
    7. The Francophone novel in North Africa Bernard Aresu
    8. The Francophone African novel in Sub-Saharan Africa Lydie Moudileno
    9. The historical novel M. Keith Booker
    10. Magical realism and the African novel Ato Quayson
    11. The African novel and the feminine condition Nana Wilson-Tagoe
    12. Bildungsroman and autobiography Apollo Amoko
    13. The postcolonial condition Phyllis Taoua
    14. New voices and emerging themes Dominic Thomas
    15. The critical reception of the African novel Harry Garuba
    Further reading
    Index.

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    F. Abiola Irele, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    F. Abiola Irele is Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Romance languages at Harvard University.

    Contributors

    F. Abiola Irele, Olukunle George, Dan Izevbaye, Barbara Harlow, Chris Warnes, Shaden Tageldin, Bernard Aresu, Lydie Moudileno, M. Keith Booker, Ato Quayson, Nana Wilson-Tagoe, Apollo Amoko, Phyllis Taoua, Dominic Thomas, Harry Garuba

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