Swahili Beyond the Boundaries

Literature, Language, and Identity

Author: Alamin M. Mazrui

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0896802523

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Africa is a marriage of cultures: African and Asian, Islamic and Euro-Christian. Nowhere is this fusion more evident than in the formation of Swahili, Eastern Africa's lingua franca, and its cultures. Swahili Beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Language, and Identity addresses the moving frontiers of Swahili literature under the impetus of new waves of globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These momentous changes have generated much theoretical debate on several literary fronts, as Swahili literature continues to undergo transformation in the mill of human creativity. Swahili literature is a hybrid that is being reconfigured by a conjuncture of global and local forces. As the interweaving of elements of the colonizer and the colonized, this hybrid formation provides a representation of cultural difference that is said to constitute a "third space," blurring existing boundaries and calling into question established identitarian categorizations. This cultural dialectic is clearly evident in the Swahili literary experience as it has evolved in the crucible of the politics of African cultural production. However, Swahili Beyond the Boundaries demonstrates that, from the point of view of Swahili literature, while hybridity evokes endless openness on questions of home and identity, it can simultaneously put closure on specific forms of subjectivity. In the process of this contestation, a new synthesis may be emerging that is poised to subject Swahili literature to new kinds of challenges in the politics of identity, compounded by the dynamics and counterdynamics of post-Cold War globalization.

Cultural Politics of Translation

East Africa in a Global Context

Author: Alamin M. Mazrui

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317233190

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

View: 434

This book is the first full-length examination of the cultural politics at work in the act of translation in East Africa, providing close critical analyses of a variety of texts that demonstrate the myriad connections between translation and larger socio-political forces. Looking specifically at texts translated into Swahili, the book builds on the notion that translation is not just a linguistic process, but also a complex interaction between culture, history, and politics, and charts this evolution of the translation process in East Africa from the pre-colonial to colonial to post-colonial periods. It uses textual examples, including the Bible, the Qur’an, and Frantz Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth, from five different domains – religious, political, legal, journalistic, and literary – and grounds them in their specific socio-political and historical contexts to highlight the importance of context in the translation process and to unpack the complex relationships between both global and local forces that infuse these translated texts with an identity all their own. This book provides a comprehensive portrait of the multivalent nature of the act of translation in the East African experience and serves as a key resource for students and researchers in translation studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, African studies, and comparative literature.

Shakespeare Survey: Volume 57, Macbeth and Its Afterlife

An Annual Survey of Shakespeare Studies and Production

Author: Peter Holland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521841207

Category: Drama

Page: 356

View: 2017

Published with academic researchers and graduate students in mind, this volume of the 'Shakespeare Survey' presents a number of contributions on the theme of the play 'Macbeth'.

Defining New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression

Author: Eckhard Breitinger

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042000131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

View: 3261

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.

Shakespeare in Performance

Author: Estelle Rivier,Eric C. Brown

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443865796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 3784

The fourteen essays included in this collection offer a range of contributions from both new and well-established scholars to the topic of Shakespeare and performance. From traditional studies of theatrical history and adaptation to explorations of Shakespeare’s plays in the circus, musical extravaganzas, the cinema, and drama at large, the collection embraces a number of performance spaces, times, and media. Shakespeare in Performance includes essays looking not only at sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stagings of the plays in England, but at productions of Shakespeare across time in the United States, France, Italy, Hungary, and Africa, underscoring the multiple embodiments and voices of Shakespeare’s art and including a variety of cultural approaches. The work is ultimately occupied with a number of questions generated by these continual iterations of Shakespeare. How can we write and trace what is ephemeral? To what purpose do we maintain the memory of past performances? How does the transmediation of Shakespeare inform the most basic interpretive acts? What motivates Shakespearean theatre across political borders? What kinds of meaning are produced by décor, movement, the actor’s virtuosity, the producer’s choices, or the audience’s response? Each essay thus, to some degree, describes and voices the now unseen.

The Clash of Civilizations?

Asian Responses

Author: Salim Rashid

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Political Science

Page: 158

View: 767

A volume of critical response from representatives of Islamic and Confucian cultures to Samuel P. Huntington's provocative thesis in which he asserted the West was facing an unavoidable collision with the two civilizations. A reprint of Huntington's essay is provided.

Shakespeare in Africa (& Other Venues)

Import & the Appropriation of Culture

Author: Lemuel A. Johnson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 467

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This complex work explores "constellations of encounters and evidence of import in various contexts, ranging from Oxford to the popular stage in Bombay and from North America's various negotiations of its putative European ancestries to Shakespeare's reception in Africa as compared with that in Europe and the Americas". "The esthetics and ethics involved in the collecting of (other) people's cultural property", cautions the author, "can be a complicated business. The rites and the rights of such collections are complex.... The power of any master(ing) text, and of its translatability, can therefore become occasion for faith or else for agnosticism, if not outright apostasy -- and this within as well as across cultural boundaries". Along the way, Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka's "Shakespeare and the Living Dramatist" no less than criticism from the pages of Shakespeare Quarterly are used "to foreground the ways of certain folk with Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's with them". Not the least of such concerns is the gender-infected question, "Whatever Happened to Caliban's Mother? Or, The Problem With Othello's", which "resonates in Shakespeare studies no less than in 'postcolonial' refigurations". It is within such contexts that "import is shown to matter in the esthetics of copy-writing, the economy of copyrighting, and the politics of reconstituting other people's cultural icons and monuments". We engage in such activities "under the threat of an erasure of identity", says Johnson; but then, "we also do so on a gradient of dissimilarity...along which we are forever falling away from or else toward each other". Finally, we engage in "attempts at transfiguration, in (the perhapsdesperate) anticipation that some measure of parity of esteem among cultures would at least be seen to have taken place". In the end, and whatever the issues, "they are likely to be urgently textured where one is inclined to find value in that Walter Benjamin 'philosophy of history' thesis: that 'cultural treasures' form part of 'the triumphal procession in which the present rulers step over those who are lying prostrate, ' since 'there is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism'".

Die Kinder der Regenmacher

eine afrikanische Familiensaga ; Roman

Author: Aniceti Kitereza

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783872944597

Category: German fiction

Page: 332

View: 9074

Belletristik : Tansania/Kerewe ; Volksepos - 19. Jh.

William Shakespeares Star Wars - Fürwahr, eine neue Hoffnung

Author: Ian Doescher

Publisher: Panini

ISBN: 3833228857

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

View: 8489

MÖGE DER VERS MIT EUCH SEIN! Der Barde aus Stratford begibt sich in eine weit, weit entfernte Galaxis. In Shakespeares Star Wars treffen zwei Welten aufeinander, die sonst nicht in einem Atemzug genannt werden. Aber warum eigentlich nicht? Immerhin haben die Figuren aus Star Wars viel mit den Dramatis Personae eines elisabethanischen Dramas gemein: Es gibt einen weisen (Jedi-)Ritter und einen bösen (Sith-) Lord, der eine schöne Prinzessin gefangen hält. Auch der jugendliche Held, der zur Rettung eilt, fehlt nicht. Hinzu kommen noch ein kampferprobter Draufgänger und dessen treuer Begleiter. Ian Doescher hat mit diesem Drama in Stile des großen Meisters Episode IV umgedichtet und dabei alle Vorteile genutzt, die das neue Medium zu bieten hat. Das Resultat ist ein einzigartiges Lesevergnügen.

Shakespeare Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Electronic journals

Page: N.A

View: 3954

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