Magical Realism in West African Fiction

By Brenda Cooper

© 1998 – Routledge

260 pages

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About the Book

This study contextualizes magical realism within current debates and theories of postcoloniality and examines the fiction of three of its West African pioneers: Syl Cheney-Coker of Sierra Leone, Ben Okri of Nigeria and Kojo Laing of Ghana. Brenda Cooper explores the distinct elements of the genre in a West African context, and in relation to:

* a range of global expressions of magical realism, from the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez to that of Salman Rushdie

* wider contemporary trends in African writing, with particular attention to how the realism of authors such as Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka has been connected with nationalist agendas.

This is a fascinating and important work for all those working on African literature, magical realism, or postcoloniality.

About the Author

Brenda Cooper is a Professor in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her previous book, To Lay These Secrets Open, 1992, debates the criteria for the evaluation of African fiction. She has also produced resources on the teaching of African literature in schools and colleges. These include Modern African Writing 1984, Debates, Dilemmas and Dreams 1992 and Nations: Stories of the World for Africa 1995.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004010
LITERARY CRITICISM / African