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

By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

ISBN-10: 9042037385

ISBN-13: 9789042037380

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 alternative literatures additionally obtain consciousness. Fiction, drama, and poetry by means 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 contain 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 student 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 by way of Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales by means of Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs by means of Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic studying of a script written and co-performed through James Gibbs. participants: 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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20 That he chose a play is not so surprising when we consider that he was interested in studying English literature and may have done so, had a friend not persuaded him to study philosophy instead. It is also very likely that he must have watched some theatre performances in England during his first visit there. 21 The Blinkards, then, is about the social and cultural effects of colonialism on Africans in Sekyi’s day. Nearly a hundred years after it was written and produced, how far-reaching have these effects been?

Furthermore, he demonstrates how, even in its most ruthless application of scientific principles, the regime still needs to retain a notion of the sanctity of human life, at least that of its elite. 30 Thus there could be no greater threat to the regime’s ideology and practice than Old Man’s philosophy of As which, in its transgression of the limits of the most transgressive expression of power, proclaims a freedom which diminishes the value of the very life of the agents of death, for they still need a concept of human dignity in order to protect themselves from self-destruction.

Bickerton, 1730). 29 Bhabha, The Location of Culture. 24 MPALIVE–HANGSON MSISKA a ideology of the regime. He identifies a syllogistic flaw in the destruction of human life without consuming it. He argues, “All intelligent animals kill only for food, you know, and you are intelligent animals” (267). Therefore, man must eat what he kills even if it is human flesh; there really is not much difference. Given that the regime’s violence is deployed through a scientific discourse of rationality, Old Man’s syllogistic subversion attacks the very heart of the regime’s validating ideology, showing it up as basing its brutality on a profound fallacy.

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