The Literary History of the Igbo Novel: African Literature in African Languages, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Literary History of the Igbo Novel

African Literature in African Languages, 1st Edition

By Ernest N. Emenyonu


176 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367369613
pub: 2020-02-27
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This book looks at the trends in the development of the Igbo Novel from its antecedents in oral and performance, through the emergence of the first published novel, Omenuko, in 1933 by Pita Nwana, to the contemporary Igbo novel.

Defining Igbo literature as literature in Igbo language and Igbo Novel as a novel written in Igbo language, the author argues that oral and written literature in African indigenous languages hold an important foundational position in the history of African literature. Focusing on contributions of Igbo writers to the development of African Literature in African languages, the book examines the evolution, themes and distinctive features of the Igbo novel, the historical circumstances of the rise of the African novel in the pre-colonial era and the impact on the contemporary Igbo novel.

This book will be of interest to scholars of African literature, literary history and Igbo studies.

Table of Contents

1. The Need for a Literary History 2. Igbo Literary Origins 3. Minstrelsy in Traditional Igbo Society 4. From Voice to Text: Missionary Influence on the Development of Igbo Orthography and Written Igbo Literature 5. Early Fiction in Igbo - The pioneers 6. The Crisis of Standardization of Written (Literary) Igbo Language. 7. Critical Interventions (I): On the Threshold of another Blackout: A New Controversy over the Standardization of Written (Literary) Igbo 8. Critical Interventions (II): Chinua Achebe and the Problematics of Writing in Indigenous Nigerian Languages: Towards a Resolution of the Igbo Language Predicament 9. The Female Voice - Rebuttal and Response to Patriarchy 10. Tony Uchenna Ubesie: the Quintessential Igbo Novelist 11. Interviews with two major Igbo Novelists: J.U.T Nzeako and Chinedu Ofomata

About the Author

Ernest Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan – Flint, USA.

About the Series

Routledge African Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies