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The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945.

Author/Creator:
Roscoe, Adrian.
Publication:
New York : Columbia University Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (323 pages)
Series:
The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945
The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945
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Subjects:
Zimbabwean literature (English) -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Malawi literature (English) -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Zambian literature (English) -- History and criticism -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Africa, Central -- Intellectual life.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
Columbia's guides to postwar African literature paint a unique portrait of the continent's rich and diverse literary traditions. This volume examines the rapid rise and growth of modern literature in the three postcolonial nations of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. It tracks the multiple political and economic pressures that have shaped Central African writing since the end of World War II and reveals its authors' heroic efforts to keep their literary traditions alive in the face of extreme poverty and AIDS. Adrian Roscoe begins with a list of key political events. Since writers were composing within both colonial and postcolonial contexts, he pays particular attention to the nature of British colonialism, especially theories regarding its provenance and motivation. Roscoe discusses such historical figures as David Livingstone, Cecil Rhodes, and Sir Harry Johnston, as well as modern power players, including Robert Mugabe, Kenneth Kaunda, and Kamuzu Banda. He also addresses efforts to create a literary-historical record from an African perspective, an account that challenges white historiographies in which the colonized was neither agent nor informer. A comprehensive alphabetical guide profiles both established and emerging authors and further illustrates issues raised in the introduction. Roscoe then concludes with a detailed bibliography recommending additional reading and sources. At the close of World War II the people of Central Africa found themselves mired in imperial fatigue and broken promises of freedom. This fueled a desire for liberation and a major surge in literary production, and in this illuminating guide Roscoe details the campaigns for social justice and political integrity, for education and economic empowerment, and for gender equity, participatory democracy, rural development, and environmental care that characterized this
exciting period of development., reviewing a previous edition or volume.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology of Major Po liti cal Events, 1944-2006
PART I History and Politics
1. Empire and Colonialism
2. British Imperialism
3. Legitimizing Empire
4. The British in Africa
5. Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia
6. White Rhodesia
7. Historiography and Literature
8. Independence
PART II Genres
9. Verse
10. Prose
11. Drama
12. Children's Literature
13. White Rhodesian Poetry
14. White Rhodesian Fiction
PART III Authors and Works, A-Z
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Roscoe, Adrian The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945
ISBN:
9780231503792
9780231130424
OCLC:
818856495