Defining New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression

Author: Eckhard Breitinger

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042000131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This first volume of ASNEL Papers gathers together a broad range of reflections on, and presentations of, the social and expressive underpinnings of post-colonial literary cultures, concentrating on aspects of orality, social structure and hybridity, the role of women in cultural production, performative and media representations (theatre, film, advertising) and their institutional forms, and the linguistic basis of literature (including questions of multilingualism, pidgins and creoles, and translation). Some of the present studies adopt a diachronic approach, as in essays devoted to European colonial influences on African literatures, the populist colonial roots of Australian drama, and the intersection of exogenous and autochthonous languages in the cultural development and identity formation of Cameroon, Tanzania and the Swahili-speaking regions of Africa. Broadly synchronic perspectives (which nevertheless take cognizance of developmental determinants) range over dominant genres — poetry, short fiction and the novel, children's literature, theatre, film - and cover indigene literatures (Australian Aboriginal, Maori, First Nations) and regional creativity in West, East and South Africa, the Caribbean, India and the South-East Asian diaspora, and the settler colonies of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Authors treated within broader frameworks include Chinua Achebe, 'Biyi Bandele-Thomas, Bole Butake, Shashi Deshpande, Louis Esson, Lorna Goodison, Patricia Grace, Bland Holt, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera, Kazuo Ishiguro, Rita Kleinhart, Hanif Kureishi, Werewere Liking, Timothy Mo, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, and Ruby Slipperjack. There are self-testimonies from the writers Geoff Goodfellow, Darrelyn Gunzburg and Don Mattera, poems by David Dabydeen, Geoff Goodfellow and Olive Senior. Of particular value to this collection are the perspectives offered by African, Caribbean and Eastern European contributors.

Long Dreams in Short Chapters

Essays in African Postcolonial Literary, Cultural and Political Criticisms

Author: Wumi Raji

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3825818411

Category: History

Page: 159

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"Long Dreams in Short Chapters is a remarkable achievement, a brilliant and magisterial remapping of the African text in its literary, cultural, and political dimensions. Wumi Raji's globalist and transnational sensitivities make this book an effortless unpacking of the complexities of the African literary process." —Pius Adesanmi, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

A Tri-Generational Study of Language Choice and Shift in Port Harcourt

Author: Kelechukwu Ihemere

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1581129580

Category: Education

Page: 448

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This book is intended as a textbook for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in the field of bilingualism and language choice. It reports on a sociolinguistic study of the language choice patterns of the minority Ikwerre ethnic group of Port Harcourt City, Nigeria. Further, it aims primarily to present a systematic and coherent account of the extent and patterning of Ikwerre-NPE bilingualism within the Ikwerre community, focusing on: the means by which people in this community deploy two different codes in their day-to-day communicative interactions and the social and attitudinal motivations for language choice at both the group and individual level. To satisfy these objectives this study has taken into account the pre-existing linguistic, socio-economic and macro-sociological distinctiveness of the Ikwerre community. Thus, it has investigated prevailing local attitudes towards Ikwerre and NPE by incorporating matched guise tests to deepen our understanding of the processes of language choice and shift operating in the community. This was done to demonstrate that contemporary local linguistic attitudes working together with personal network ties would offer fuller and more adequate explanations of why members of the Port Harcourt Ikwerre community select either Ikwerre and/or NPE in their normal every day interactions. From the observations and findings made in this study I propose an account of the language choice patterns attested in my Port Harcourt Ikwerre community data that is based on establishing a broad typology which can be directly related to the bilingualism continuum. This framework should be equally applicable to similar bilingual settings around the world, which, like Port Harcourt, have experienced rapid metropolitan growth as a result of radical socio-economic change in their recent history. Finally, it is my hope that in the course of reading this book the reader can come to a place where their understanding and appreciation of the effects of languages in contact in non-Western communities is enriched with the illustrative material in this book.

Women in Twentieth-Century Africa

Author: Iris Berger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316565084

Category: History

Page: N.A

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During a turbulent colonial and postcolonial century, African women struggled to control their own marital, sexual and economic lives and to gain a significant voice in local and national politics. This book introduces many remarkable women, who organized religious and political movements, fought in anti-colonial wars, ran away to escape arranged marriages, and during the 1990s began successful campaigns for gender parity in national legislatures. The book also explores the apparent paradox in the conflicting images of African women - as singularly oppressed and dominated by men, but also as strong, resourceful, and willing to challenge governments and local traditions to protect themselves and their families. Understanding the tension between women's power and their oppression, between their strength and their vulnerability, offers a new lens for understanding the relationship between the state and society in the twentieth century.

Re-orientalism and South Asian Identity Politics

The Oriental Other Within

Author: Lisa Lau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415599024

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 162

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The groundbreaking concept of "Orientalism" refers to a discursive power structure devised "for dominating, restructuring and having authority over the Orient". Orientalism was Europe' s strategy of acknowledging the East as its alluring and exotic, yet dangerous and mysterious "Other." Re-Orientalism maintains the divide between Occident and Orient. However, where Orientalism is based on how the West constructs the East, re-Orientalism is grounded on how the cultural East (which can be spatially located in the West) comes ...

ALA Bulletin

A Publication of the African Literature Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: Africa World Pr

ISBN: 9780865437098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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Even in the best of times, the artist is constantly reaching beyond the present; the severity of Africa's present situation of crisis must urge our artists even farther into their version of a new life. In Beyond Survival, some of the best interpreters of African Literature focus on "the role of the creative artist as a critical assessor, confidence builder and inspirer to excellence."

Palavers of African Literature

Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors

Author: Toyin Falola,Bernth Lindfors,Barbara Harlow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865439917

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 399

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Portraits for an Eagle

A Festschrift in Honour of Femi Osofisan

Author: Sola Adeyemi

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dramatists, Nigerian

Page: 258

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Author: Gordon Collier,Ulrich Fleischmann

Publisher: N.A


Category: Africa

Page: N.A

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Translating and Publishing African Language(s) and Literature(s)

Examples from Nigeria, Ghana and Germany

Author: Tomi Adeaga

Publisher: Iko

ISBN: 9783889398000

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 393

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Tomi Adeaga examines the challenges of translating African literatures into European languages, devoting care, attention and insight to the problems of translating African voices into German. This topic has been virtually ignored by scholars despite years of unevenly translated works from African into European languages. Ultimately, the work seeks to offer a dynamic justification for the relevance of reading and translating African literature. Adeaga writes with the authority of a practitioner and the passion of someone who understands the distinctive challenges of translating across cultures and histories. Tomi Adeaga is a native of Lagos Nigeria. After completing her Bachelors degree in German/French at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Ile-Ife, she completed her post-graduate studies in Germany. She was awarded her Masters degree in Germanistik at the Universitt in Siegen. She received another diploma in French/German translation and communication and later completed her PhD degree at the Siegerland Sprachenschule.

Common Phrases

And Where They Come From

Author: N.A

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781599216836


Page: N.A

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