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Literature and Culture in Global Africa

1st Edition

By Tanure Ojaide


136 pages

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Engaging and interrogating the idea of a ‘Global Africa’, this book examines how African literary and cultural productions have changed over the years due to the social and political influences brought about by increased globalisation. Tanure Ojaide takes a variety of European theoretical concepts and applies these to African literature, oral traditions, culture, sexuality, political leadership, environmentalism, and advocacy, demonstrating the universality of the African experience.

Challenging African literary artists and scholars to think creatively about the future of the culture and literature, this new collection of literary and cultural criticism from scholar-writer Tanure Ojaide is an essential read for students and scholars of African literature and culture.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Background;

2. John Barth and Modern African Literature: Exhaustion and Replenishment;

3. Michel Foucault and the Urhobo Udje Oral Poetic Tradition: Madness, Power, and Resistance;

4. Losing Cultural Ground in the Global Space: Africa’s Profit and Loss in Globalization;

5. Environmentalism in African Literature: Origins and Development;

6. Love, Sex, and Sexuality in African Folklore and Literature;

7. African Literature of Advocacy;

8. The New Orality in Contemporary African Literature;

9. The Present in the Everlasting: Overcoming Contemporaneity in African Poetry;

10. Literature and Political Leadership in Africa;

11. Theorizing Modern/Contemporary African Literature;

12. Conclusion: Towards a New African Literature in a Global Age.

About the Author

Tanure Ojaide is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. He has published nineteen poetry collections, four novels, three short story collections, two memoirs and six scholarly books.

About the Series

Global Africa

This series will produce new scholarship on African experiences within the field of global history, globalization, African Diaspora, Atlantic History, etc. It is our goal to publish works that view African ideas from a global perspective and vice versa, thus placing Africa squarely within the framework of globalization, and change the perception of African people vis-a-vis the world, creating an innovative source of new works about Africa and the world.

This new series will serve several important functions. First and foremost, it will create a space for scholars and educators to find resources that aid in the understanding of Africa’s place in the world’s global and regional economic political and intellectual spheres throughout history. Second, our monographs will incorporate African experiences into broader historical theories that have hitherto marginalized Africans within the realm of global history. We aim to provide competing views of Africa’s place in various global systems can be studied in a systemic fashion without resorting to pseudo-historical themes that ultimately harm our understanding of the African past.

Most importantly, we will take up the mantle of African production of knowledge on a global scale, and emphasize how Africans, who have long been marginalized in global intellectual traditions, have shaped the very civilizations that shunned the former’s contributions. The resulting marginalization has resulted in many of the ills that African peoples face today. By redeeming the African place in the global intellectual tradition, we will also help emphasize the African political and economic past in ways that place the continent front and center in the creation of the world we all inhabit. As a result, it will form an innovative platform where scholars put forward new ideas regarding Africa’s role in world affairs that have long been overlooked and underemphasized.

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