African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium by Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

This tribute assortment displays the big variety and variety of James Gibbs's educational pursuits. the focal point is on Africa, yet comparative stories of alternative literatures additionally obtain realization. Fiction, drama, and poetry via writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, eire, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed along major missionaries, scientists, performers, and students. The writers mentioned contain Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli-Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. different essays deal with the black presence in eire, nameless rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller within the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary student and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi also are integrated. additionally provided are poems by means of Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales by way of Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs via Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic analyzing of a script written and co-performed by way of James Gibbs. participants: Anne Adams, Sola Adeyemi, Kofi Anyidoho, Awo Mana Asiedu, Martin Banham, Eckhard Breitinger, Gordon Collier, James Currey, Geoffrey V. Davis, Chris Dunton, Robert Fraser, Raoul J. Granqvist, Gareth Griffiths, C.L. Innes, Charles R. Larson, Bernth Lindfors, Leif Lorentzon, Jack Mapanje, Christine Matzke, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Femi Osofisan, Eustace Palmer, Jane Plastow, Lynn Taylor, and Pia Thielmann.

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Through Daodu, Segi, the Earth Mothers, and even Macheath we are made to see how in every formation of ‘the hegemonic’, there are ‘informal’ and ‘unofficial’ ‘emergent’ forms of power. Additionally, the three plays educate us on the return of the repressed if it is not included in the dominant template of power; also about the impossibility of fully incorporating all such sites of potential subversion, which renders every ‘hegemonic formation’ provisional and potentially transitory. Overall, the texts examined suggest that the study of the relationship between the rulers and the ruled must go beyond the clear and formal outlines of power-relations as manifested at a given historical moment, and seek to recover the broader processes which produce, or MPALIVE–HANGSON MSISKA 26 a reproduce and transform, power subjectivities and practices.

Get it ready. I’ll not be a tool in their hands, not in this ripe state – No! Too much has fallen in their hands already, it’s time to take it back. They spat on my hands when I held them out bearing gifts. Have you ever known it different? (283) To Iya Mate and Iya Agba, Bero’s abuse of the people and valued indigenous forms of knowledge is merely the latest manifestation of an old and merciless dispossession of the resources of a people so totally oppressed that they can no longer hope to escape the insatiable political monster whose hydra-like tentacles reach even the remotest village.

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