African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium by Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

This tribute assortment displays the wide variety and variety of James Gibbs's educational pursuits. the point of interest is on Africa, yet comparative experiences of different literatures additionally obtain cognizance. Fiction, drama, and poetry by way of writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, eire, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed along major missionaries, scientists, performers, and students. The writers mentioned comprise Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli-Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. different essays deal with the black presence in eire, nameless rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller within the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary pupil and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi also are integrated. additionally provided are poems via Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales by way of Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs through Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic examining of a script written and co-performed via James Gibbs. individuals: Anne Adams, Sola Adeyemi, Kofi Anyidoho, Awo Mana Asiedu, Martin Banham, Eckhard Breitinger, Gordon Collier, James Currey, Geoffrey V. Davis, Chris Dunton, Robert Fraser, Raoul J. Granqvist, Gareth Griffiths, C.L. Innes, Charles R. Larson, Bernth Lindfors, Leif Lorentzon, Jack Mapanje, Christine Matzke, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Femi Osofisan, Eustace Palmer, Jane Plastow, Lynn Taylor, and Pia Thielmann.

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Situated within the colonial era, it satirizes the mannerisms of people who, in the early-twentieth century, had travelled to Britain and returned to the Gold Coast with condescending attitudes towards their own cultures and peoples; they had bought into the lie of white supremacy and African inferiority. The play focuses on the institution of marriage, questioning the tendency to adopt a Western style of contracting a marriage in an effort to be modern or civilized. It also examines attitudes towards speaking English instead of the local language, and notes the preference for European food and clothing as against African food and clothing.

The Foucault Reader (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1991). Soyinka, Wole. “The Autistic Hunt; or How to Marximise Mediocrity,” in Soyinka, Art, Dialogue & Outrage: Essays on Literature and Culture (Ibadan: New Horn, 1988): 279–314. ——. “The Critic and Society: Barthes, Leftocracy and Other Mythologies,” in Soyinka, Art, Dialogue & Outrage: Essays on Literature and Culture (Ibadan: New Horn, 1988): 14–78. 4 (Winter 1981): 133–46. ——. “Kongi’s Harvest” (1967), in Soyinka, Collected Plays 2 (Oxford: Oxford U P , 1974): 59–141.

Transposing Codes: Representing the Interpreters in Other Works In the poem “Death in the Dawn,” where a white cock (male chicken) is presented as a sacrificial offering to ward off the anger of the god who has just taken a man’s life, Soyinka presages the misunderstandings that will ultimately besiege the postcolonial political landscape: Traveller you must set forth At dawn. … But such another Wraith! 4 4 Wole Soyinka, Idanre & Other Poems (London: Methuen, 1967): 11. a Interpreting the Interpreters 33 This lament echoes the sentiments in other poems from this period, “In Memory of Segun Awolowo” and Idanre, as well as in the plays A Dance of the Forests and The Road.

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