The Story Club

African literary networks offline

Authored by: Stephanie Bosch Santana

Routledge Handbook of African Literature

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

Print ISBN:
eBook ISBN: 9781315229546
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315229546-26

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Abstract

Increasingly, the future of African literature on African-initiated literary networks seems to be located in digital space. Jalada magazine has reinvigorated African language publishing through hyperlinks, translating a single short story by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o into more than sixty languages. A blog, Mike Maphoto’s Diary of a Zulu Girl, is one of the most-read works of fiction in post-apartheid South Africa. The internet has also provided an important outlet for African literary criticism, from Africa is a Country’s viral essays to the hundreds of comments that appear on one of Diary of a Zulu Girl’s installments. 1

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