Description : We have in this book a collection of incisive essays on the work of major African novelists on the current literary scene. Each essay attempts an in-depth critical reading of the work discussed, culminating in unique readings that shed illuminating lights in a manner not attempted by other critics of African literature. What unifies these interpretations is a critical approach predicated on the form, structure, technique and style of the works analysed.
Description : Greed, frustrated love, traffic jams, infertility, politics, polygamy. These--together with depictions of traditional village life and the impact of colonialism made familiar to Western readers through Chinua Achebe's writing--are the stuff of Nigerian fiction. Bearing Witness examines this varied content and the determined people who, against all odds, write, publish, sell, and read novels in Africa's most populous nation. Drawing on interviews with Nigeria's writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers, surveys, and a careful reading of close to 500 Nigerian novels--from lightweight romances to literary masterpieces--Wendy Griswold explores how global cultural flows and local conflicts meet in the production and reception of fiction. She argues that Nigerian readers and writers form a reading class that unabashedly believes in progress, rationality, and the slow-but-inevitable rise of a reading culture. But they do so within a society that does not support their assumptions and does not trust literature, making them modernists in a country that is simultaneously premodern and postmodern. Without privacy, reliable electricity, political freedom, or even social toleration of bookworms, these Nigerians write and read political satires, formula romances, war stories, complex gender fiction, blood-and-sex crime capers, nostalgic portraits of village life, and profound explorations of how decent people get by amid urban chaos. Bearing Witness is an inventive and moving work of cultural sociology that may be the most comprehensive sociological analysis of a literary system ever written.
Description : Nigerian writers are amongst the most perceptive and dedicated African writers and critics. Fiction, drama and poetry emanating from Nigeria have generated essential insights into the social, political and cultural issues of Africa. This collection of interviews represents a remarkable array of writers from the first, as well as the younger generations. Together the assemblage of writers and commentators presents the complementary dimensions of literature and criticism. The writers include: Flora Nwapa, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ifeoma Okoye, Niyi Osundare, Chukwuemeka Ike, and Tanure Ojaide. Critics include: D.I Nwoga, Ernest Emenyonu, Kalu Oka, Edith Ihekweazu and Ossie Enekwe.
Author by : Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike
Language : en
Publisher by : Fourth Dimention Publishing Company Limited
Format Available : PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Description : Jointly published with the Nigerian Book Foundation, this maiden edition is an important advance in information about the Nigerian book industries. It is the first major directory to be published by the Foundation, and the first comprehensive directory to be published on Nigerian book development. It gathers together an impressive array of information covering Nigerian authors, publishing houses, printing presses, bookshops and book distribution organisations. There is also a directory of book publishing and distribution personnel.