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Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

1st Edition

Edited by Tanure Ojaide, Joyce Ashuntantang


432 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-05-13
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This handbook provides a critical overview of literature dealing with groups of people or regions that suffer marginalization within Africa.

The contributors examine a multiplicity of minority discourses expressed in African literature, including those who are culturally, socially, politically, religiously, economically and sexually marginalised in literary and artistic creations. Chapters and sections of the book are structured to identify major areas of minority articulation of their condition and strategies deployed against the repression, persecution, oppression, suppression, domination, and tyranny of the majority or dominant group.

Bringing together diverse perspectives to give a holistic representation of the African reality, this handbook is an important read for scholars and students of comparative and postcolonial literature and African Studies.

Table of Contents

Part I: Background

1. Introduction

Tanure Ojaide and Joyce Ashuntantang

2. The Theory and Aesthetics of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Tanure Ojaide

Part II: Political and Racial Forms of Marginalization

3. A Contested 'Minority Situation' in North African Literature: Amazigh/Berber Self-representations

Daniela Merolla

4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Short Fiction: Negotiationg the Global Literary Market

Maximilian Feldner

5. Anglophone Cameroon Literature: Writing from the Margins of the Margin

Joyce Ashuntantang

6. Niger Delta and its Minority Condition in Nigerian Literature

Obari Gomba

7. Jola Verbal Arts of Cassamance, Senegal and The Gambia: A Question in Search of a Literature

Tijan M. Sallah

Part III: Culture and Language

8. Indigeneous Drama in Sierra Leone: Yulisa Maddy's Obasai and Other Plays as Discrusive Praxis of Resistance

Ernest Cole

9. Of Pidgin, Nigerian Pidgin Poetry, and Minority Discourses: The Pidgin Poems of Ezenwa-Ohaeto

Chike Okoye

10. Three Moments of Minor Afrikaans Expression

Hein Willemse

11. Swahili Literature as Minority Discourse in African Literatures

Mwenda Mbatiah

12. Becoming Minoritarian: Constructions of Coloured Identities in 2 Creative Writing Projects at the University of the West Cape, South Africa

Fiona Moolla

Part IV: Patriarchal Domination, Gender, Sexuality and Other Socio-Cultural "Minorities"

13. A Reflection on Gender and Sexuality as Transnational Archive of African Modernity

Frieda Ekotto

14. 'Who Do You Think You Are, Woman?': Wangari Maathai Answers the Patriarchal State in Unbowed

Gichingiri Ndigirigi

15. Representation of Women in Udje, an Urhobo Men's-Only Oral Poetic Performance Genre

Enajite Ojaruega

16. Female Protaganists: Silence and Agency in Power Geometries

Oumar Cherif Diop

17. Responding from the Fringe: Women, Islam and Patriarchy in Nigerian Muslim Women's Novels

Saeedat Bola Aliyu

Part V: Intra-National, National and International Marginalization/Conflict

18. The Odds Against Eritrean Literature

Charles Cantalupo

19. Minority Discourses and the Construction of 'Illicit Versions' of Zimbabwean Nationness in Ndebele Fiction in English

Maurice Taonezvi Vambe

20. The Muse of History and the Literature of the Nigeria-Biafra War

Maik Nwosu

Part VI: Literature and Disability

21. Children with Disabilities as Negotiatiors of Social Responsibility: A Critical Study of Meshak Asare's Sosu's Call

Dike Okoro

22. Beyond 'Harmless Lunacy': African Women Writers (W)riting Madness

Pamela J. Olubunmi Smith

23. Literary Diagnoses of Psychiatric Episodes in Tanure Ojaide's Short Stories

Stephen Kekeghe

Part VII: Recent Trends of Marginalities: Timely and Timeless

24. Not Yet Season of Blossom: Writing Northern Nigeria into the Global Space

Sule Egya

25. Afropolitanism as a Minority Discourse

Razinat T. Mohammed

26. Ecocriticism and Ecofeminism in African Literature

Honore Missihoun

27. Afrofuturism and Modern African Fiction: A Discourse on Trends and Tropes

Dike Okoro

28. Writing the Self: Indian Women Writers from South Africa

Rajendra Chetty

About the Editors

Tanure Ojaide is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

Joyce Ashuntantang is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Hartford, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies