The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel

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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.show more

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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.show more

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'... an impressive team of contributors, with a fine balance of African, North American and European, Anglophone and Francophone scholars.' SCOLMAshow more

About F. Abiola Irele

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