Africa Writes Back to Self

Metafiction, Gender, Sexuality

Author: Evan Mwangi

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438426976

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

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Explores the metafictional strategies of contemporary African novels rather than characterizing them primarily as a response to colonialism.
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Postcolonial Literatures In English

An Introduction

Author: Anke Bartels,Lars Eckstein,Nicole Waller,Dirk Wiemann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 3476055981

Category: Literary Criticism

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The term ‘postcolonial literatures in English’ designates English-language literatures from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania, as well as the literatures of diasporic communities who have moved from those regions to the global north. This volume introduces the central themes of postcolonial literary studies and delineates how these themes are reflected and elaborated in exemplary literary works by postcolonial authors from around the world. It also offers succinct definitions of key terms like Orientalism, hybridity, Indigeneity or writing back.
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Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa

Homophobia in Malawi

Author: Ashley Currier

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108427898

Category: History

Page: 318

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This timely account of politicized homophobia contests portrayals of the African continent as hopelessly homophobic, highlighting how elites deploy it.
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Postcolonial Hauntologies

African Women's Discourses of the Female Body

Author: Ayo A. Coly

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496214870

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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Postcolonial Hauntologies is an interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of critical, literary, visual, and performance texts by women from different parts of Africa. While contemporary critical thought and feminist theory have largely integrated the sexual female body into their disciplines, colonial representations of African women's sexuality "haunt" contemporary postcolonial African scholarship which--by maintaining a culture of avoidance about women's sexuality--generates a discursive conscription that ultimately holds the female body hostage. Ayo A. Coly employs the concept of "hauntology" and "ghostly matters" to formulate an explicative framework in which to examine postcolonial silences surrounding the African female body as well as a theoretical framework for discerning the elusive and cautious presences of female sexuality in the texts of African women. In illuminating the pervasive silence about the sexual female body in postcolonial African scholarship, Postcolonial Hauntologies challenges hostile responses to critical and artistic voices that suggest the African female body represents sacred ideological-discursive ground on which one treads carefully, if at all. Coly demonstrates how "ghosts" from the colonial past are countered by discursive engagements with explicit representations of women's sexuality and bodies that emphasize African women's power and autonomy.
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Toward the Geopolitical Novel

U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Caren Irr

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231536313

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Caren Irr's survey of more than 125 novels outlines the dramatic resurgence of the American political novel in the twenty-first century. She explores the writings of Chris Abani, Susan Choi, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Dave Eggers, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, Hari Kunzru, Dinaw Mengestu, Norman Rush, Gary Shteyngart, and others as they rethink stories of migration, the Peace Corps, nationalism and neoliberalism, revolution, and the expatriate experience. Taken together, these innovations define a new literary form: the geopolitical novel. More cosmopolitan and socially critical than domestic realism, the geopolitical novel provides new ways of understanding crucial political concepts to meet the needs of a new century.
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Reading Migration and Culture

The World of East African Indian Literature

Author: D. Ojwang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137262966

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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This book uses the uniquely positioned culture of East African Asians to reflect upon the most vexing issues in postcolonial literary studies today. By examining the local histories and discourses that underpin East African Asian literature, it opens up and reflects upon issues of alienation, modernity, migration, diaspora, memory and nationalism.
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Translation in African Contexts

Postcolonial Texts, Queer Sexuality, and Cosmopolitan Fluency

Author: Evan Maina Mwangi

Publisher: Translation Studies

ISBN: 9781606353219

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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Author Evan Maina Mwangi explores the intersection of translation, sexuality, and cosmopolitan ethics in African literature. Usually seen as the preserve of literature published by Euro-American metropolitan outlets for Western consumption, cultural translation is also a recurrent theme in postcolonial African texts produced primarily for local circulation and sometimes in African languages. Mwangi illustrates how such texts allude to various forms of translation to depict the ethical relations to foreigners and the powerless, including sexual minorities. He also explains the popularity of fluent models of translation in African literature, regardless of the energetic critique of such models by Western-based postcolonial theorists. While bringing to the foreground texts that have received little critical attention in African literary studies, Translation in African Contexts engages a wide range of foundational and postcolonial translation theorists. It considers a rich variety of works, including East African translations of Shakespeare, writings by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Gakaara wa Wanjaũ, a popular novel by Charles Mangua, and a stage adaptation by the Tanzanian playwright Amandina Lihamba, among others.
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