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Routledge Handbook of African Literature

Edited by: Moradewun Adejunmobi , Carli Coetzee

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

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eBook ISBN: 9781315229546
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The turn of the twenty-first century has witnessed an expansion of critical approaches to African literature. The Routledge Handbook of African Literature is a one-stop publication bringing together studies of African literary texts that embody an array of newer approaches applied to a wide range of works. This includes frameworks derived from food studies, utopian studies, network theory, eco-criticism, and examinations of the human/animal interface alongside more familiar discussions of postcolonial politics.

Every chapter is an original research essay written by a broad spectrum of scholars with expertise in the subject, providing an application of the most recent insights into analysis of particular topics or application of particular critical frameworks to one or more African literary works.

The handbook will be a valuable interdisciplinary resource for scholars and students of African literature, African culture, postcolonial literature and literary analysis.

Chapters 4 and 27 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  ‘Children of the Cold War’ Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Ethics and the politics of the ordinary in African literature Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Globalisation, mobility and labour in African diasporic fiction Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Towards an ethics of the humanitarian imagination Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Decolonising the Afropolitan Download PDF
Chapter  7:  History, imperial eyes and the ‘mutual gaze’ Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Ethnicity in post-2000 African writing Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Mythopoesis of the self Download PDF
Chapter  10:  How to be a writer in your 30s in Lagos Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Gothic supernaturalism in the ‘African imagination’ Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Contested filial voice in African female-authored autobiographies Download PDF
Chapter  13:  ‘I can’t go forward; I must go back’ Download PDF
Chapter  14:  African literature, audience and the search for the (non)human Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Dirty ecology Download PDF
Chapter  16:  African fictions, animal figures and anthropocentric frameworks Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Depictions of Kenyan lands and landscapes by four women writers Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Geopolitical and global topologies in fiction Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Appetite and everyday life in African literature Download PDF
Chapter  20:  ‘Foundational fictions’ Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Drinking scenes Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Desire and freedom in Yvonne Vera’s fiction Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The forms of shame and African literature Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Scattered testimony Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Contestations through same-sex desire in Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Story Club Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Language and prizes Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Publishers’ networks and the making of African literature Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Literary networks in the Horn of Africa Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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