Outline of Swahili Literature

Outline of Swahili Literature

Special attention is thereby given to the developments in Swahili literature that took place in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. All this makes this book a unique source and the most up-to-date study in the field.

Author: Elena Bertoncini-Zúbková

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015080893368

Category: History

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Outline of Swahili Literature is a major study and reference guide of modern prose and drama in Swahili — one of the largest languages of sub-Saharan Africa. This second edition of the eponymous study first published in 1989, is extensively revised and enlarged. It contains new and updated information, mapping trends and writers. In addition, the book contains a resourceful bio-bibliographical index of modern Swahili writers and an annotated bibliography of all known works in Swahili modern prose and drama published from the late 1950s up to 2008.
Categories: History

Swahili Beyond the Boundaries

Swahili Beyond the Boundaries

1972. A Reader's Guide to Literary Terms. New York: Noonday. Bertoncini, Elena Zubkova. 1989. Outline of Swahili Literature: Prose Fiction and Drama. Leiden: E. J. Brill. Bhabha, Homi. 1994. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge.

Author: Alamin M. Mazrui

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780896802520

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Africa is a marriage of cultures: African and Asian, Islamic and Euro-Christian. Nowhere is this fusion more evident than in the formation of Swahili, Eastern Africa's lingua franca, and its cultures. Swahili Beyond the Boundaries: Literature, Language, and Identity addresses the moving frontiers of Swahili literature under the impetus of new waves of globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These momentous changes have generated much theoretical debate on several literary fronts, as Swahili literature continues to undergo transformation in the mill of human creativity. Swahili literature is a hybrid that is being reconfigured by a conjuncture of global and local forces. As the interweaving of elements of the colonizer and the colonized, this hybrid formation provides a representation of cultural difference that is said to constitute a "third space," blurring existing boundaries and calling into question established identitarian categorizations. This cultural dialectic is clearly evident in the Swahili literary experience as it has evolved in the crucible of the politics of African cultural production. However, Swahili Beyond the Boundaries demonstrates that, from the point of view of Swahili literature, while hybridity evokes endless openness on questions of home and identity, it can simultaneously put closure on specific forms of subjectivity. In the process of this contestation, a new synthesis may be emerging that is poised to subject Swahili literature to new kinds of challenges in the politics of identity, compounded by the dynamics and counterdynamics of post-Cold War globalization.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literary History Towards a Global Perspective

Literary History  Towards a Global Perspective

The link with Arabic literature and Islamic culture is well established and has given Swahili poetry a prosody which ... 83 For insights into Swahili drama see Elena Bertoncini, Outline of Swahili Literature, Prose, Fiction and Drama ...

Author: Anders Pettersson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110894110

Category: Literary Criticism

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Literary History: Towards a Global Perspective is a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Initiated in 1996 and launched in 1999, it aims at finding suitable methods and approaches for studying and analysing literature globally, emphasizing the comparative and intercultural aspect. Even though we nowadays have fast and easy access to any kind of information on literature and literary history, we encounter, more than ever, the difficulty of finding a credible overall perspective on world literary history. Until today, literary cultures and traditions have usually been studied separately, each field using its own principles and methods. Even the conceptual basis itself varies from section to section and the genre concepts employed are not mutually compatible. As a consequence, it is very difficult, if not impossible, for the interested layperson as well as for the professional student, to gain a clear and fair perspective both on the literary traditions of other peoples and on one's own traditions. The project can be considered as a contribution to gradually removing this problem and helping to gain a better understanding of literature and literary history by means of a concerted empirical research and deeper conceptual reflection. The contributions to the four volumes are written in English by specialists from a large number of disciplines, primarily from the fields of comparative literature, Oriental studies and African studies in Sweden. All of the literary texts discussed in the articles are in the original language. Each one of the four volumes is devoted to a special research topic.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

First, there is the tendency to ignore Swahili literature when talking about East African literature, because in the minds of most literary scholars, ... The authors of Outline of Swahili Literature: Prose Fiction and Drama emphasize ...

Author: Tanure Ojaide

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000053050

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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This handbook provides a critical overview of literature dealing with groups of people or regions that suffer marginalization within Africa. The contributors examine a multiplicity of minority discourses expressed in African literature, including those who are culturally, socially, politically, religiously, economically, and sexually marginalized in literary and artistic creations. Chapters and sections of the book are structured to identify major areas of minority articulation of their condition and strategies deployed against the repression, persecution, oppression, suppression, domination, and tyranny of the majority or dominant group. Bringing together diverse perspectives to give a holistic representation of the African reality, this handbook is an important read for scholars and students of comparative and postcolonial literature and African studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Swahili Novel

The Swahili Novel

Challenging the Idea of 'minor Literature' Xavier Garnier ... Paris: Editions de Minuit Beckerleg S. E. (1990) Maintaining order, creating chaos: Swahili medicine in Kenya, SOAS, ... eds, (1989) Outline of Swahili Literature.

Author: Xavier Garnier

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781847010797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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An overview of the Swahili novel, its place in a globalized world and a reflection on the status and dynamism of Kafka's concept of 'minor literature'.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Comparative Literature

A Companion to Comparative Literature

6 Ali A. Jahadhmy argues simply that there is little Swahili prose literature and it is “ dull and lacking in ... Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature . ... Outline of Deleuze , Gilles and Félix Guattari .

Author: Ali Behdad

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118917350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 544

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A Companion to Comparative Literature presents a collection of more than thirty original essays from established and emerging scholars, which explore the history, current state, and future of comparative literature. Features over thirty original essays from leading international contributors Provides a critical assessment of the status of literary and cross-cultural inquiry Addresses the history, current state, and future of comparative literature Chapters address such topics as the relationship between translation and transnationalism, literary theory and emerging media, the future of national literatures in an era of globalization, gender and cultural formation across time, East-West cultural encounters, postcolonial and diaspora studies, and other experimental approaches to literature and culture
Categories: Literary Criticism

Critical Approaches to Anthills of the Savannah

Critical Approaches to Anthills of the Savannah

Gibbs also finds sources which influenced Soyinka in the literary culture of Europe and America . Gibbs remarks that this alerts us ... Ahmed Yerima ( Zaria ) Elena Zúbová Bertoncini : Outline of Swahili Literature . [ NISABA ; 17 ) .

Author: Holger G. Ehling

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9051833180

Category: Social Science

Page: 155

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Categories: Social Science

Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere

Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere

Popular Literature in Tanzania : Its Background and Relation to " East African " Literature . Kiswahili 51/1 ... Essays on English and Swahili Literature , ed . by Ulla Schild . ... An Outline of Swahili Literature , Leiden & New York .

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Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113272988

Category: African languages

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Categories: African languages

A Place in the World

A Place in the World

Outline of Swahili Literature . Prose , Fiction and Drama . Leiden : E. J. Brill . 1991. Récits de vie en Swahili . In : Bertoncini , E.-Z. Itinéraires et contacts de cultures . Vol . 13 : Autobiographies et récits de vie en Afrique .

Author: Axel Harneit-Sievers

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004492233

Category: Social Science

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Local histories by non-professional historians constitute a rapidly expanding genre world-wide. Thirteen case studies - from seven different African countries, India and Nepal - look at the authors, their books and their audiences, analysing the genre's intellectual background and its cultural and political impact in local and wider areas.
Categories: Social Science

Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry

Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry

... with the mythical Swahili hero), Utendi na Hadithi (described as 1,000 pages of Swahili epic), and the poetic anthology Diwani ya Malenga; under “books in preparation,” Outline of Swahili Literature, A History of the Swahili People, ...

Author: Annmarie Drury

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316299739

Category: Literary Criticism

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Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry illuminates the dynamic mutual influences of poetic and translation cultures in Victorian Britain, drawing on new materials, archival and periodical, to reveal the range of thinking about translation in the era. The results are a new account of Victorian translation and fresh readings both of canonical poems (including those by Browning and Tennyson) and of non-canonical poems (including those by Michael Field). Revealing Victorian poets to be crucial agents of intercultural negotiation in an era of empire, Annmarie Drury shows why and how meter matters so much to them, and locates the origins of translation studies within Victorian conundrums. She explores what it means to 'sound Victorian' in twentieth-century poetic translation, using Swahili as a case study, and demonstrates how and why it makes sense to consider Victorian translation as world literature in action.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Companion to African Literatures

The Companion to African Literatures

... particularly in the two decades from the late 1960s , not a single novel has yet been translated into English . Bertoncini has provided us with an excellent anthology of Swahili literature in his Outline of Swahili Literature ( 1989 ) ...

Author: G. D.. Killam

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253336333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 322

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"Refreshing..." -- African Sudies Review "The entries are knowledgeable, thorough, and clearly written.... Highly recommended... " --Choice "...an ambitious reference guide to works on African literature." - African Studies Review "This comprehensive compendium will be a handy companion for anyone working on African literatures. The entries are authoritative and up-to-date, providing reliable information on the hundreds of authors and texts that have contributed to a whole continent's literary flowering." --Bernth Lindfors A comprehensive introduction and guide to African-authored works, with over 1,000 cross-referenced entries covering classics in African writing, literary genres and movements, biographical details of authors, and wider themes linking African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American literatures.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Story of Swahili

The Story of Swahili

“The Swahili Community of Mombasa, 1500–1900.” Journal of African History 9 (1): 35–56. http://www.jstor.org/stable/179919 (accessed January 14, 2015). Bertoncini, Elena. 1989. Outline of Swahili Literature: Prose, Fiction and Drama.

Author: John M. Mugane

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 9780896804890

Category: History

Page: 332

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Swahili was once an obscure dialect of an East African Bantu language. Today more than one hundred million people use it: Swahili is to eastern and central Africa what English is to the world. From its embrace in the 1960s by the black freedom movement in the United States to its adoption in 2004 as the African Union’s official language, Swahili has become a truly international language. How this came about and why, of all African languages, it happened only to Swahili is the story that John M. Mugane sets out to explore. The remarkable adaptability of Swahili has allowed Africans and others to tailor the language to their needs, extending its influence far beyond its place of origin. Its symbolic as well as its practical power has evolved from its status as a language of contact among diverse cultures, even as it embodies the history of communities in eastern and central Africa and throughout the Indian Ocean world. The Story of Swahili calls for a reevaluation of the widespread assumption that cultural superiority, military conquest, and economic dominance determine a language’s prosperity. This sweeping history gives a vibrant, living language its due, highlighting its nimbleness from its beginnings to its place today in the fast-changing world of global communication.
Categories: History

Cultural Archives of Atrocity

Cultural Archives of Atrocity

Gromov holds a Master's degree in African literature and Swahili language from Moscow Lomonosov State University (1989); PhD (1993) and D. Litt. ... the recently published Outline of Swahili Literature (Brill 2009).

Author: Muriungi Columba

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429557231

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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Studies on the aesthetic representations of atrocity the world over have taken different discursive dimensions from history, sociology, political to human rights. These perspectives are usually geared towards understanding the manifestations, extent, political and economic implications of atrocities. In all these cases, representation has been the singular concern. Cultural Archives of Atrocity: Essays on the Protest Tradition in Kenyan Literature, Culture and Society brings together generic ways of interrogating artistic representations of atrocity in Kenya. Couched on interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches, essays in this volume investigate representations of Atrocity in Kenyan Literature, Film, Popular Music and other mediated cultural art forms. Contributors to this volume not only bring on board multiple and competing perspectives on studying atrocity and how they are archived but provide refreshing and valuable insights in examining the artistic and cultural interpellations of atrocity within the socio-political imaginaries of the Kenyan nation. This volume forms part of the growing critical resources for scholars undertaking studies on atrocity within the fields of ethnic studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, peace and conflict, criminology, psychology, political economy and history in Kenya.
Categories: Literary Criticism

State Ideology and Language in Tanzania

State Ideology and Language in Tanzania

Bertoncini, E. (1989), Outline of Swahili Literature. Prose Fiction and Drama, Leiden: E. J. Brill. Bertoncini, E. (1994), 'Inland Tanzania: Swahili literature or literature in Swahili?', in D. Parkin (ed.), Continuity and Autonomy in ...

Author: Jan Blommaert

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748675838

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 184

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This book is a thoroughly revised version of the 1999 edition, which was welcomed at the time as a classic. It now extends the period of coverage to 2012 and includes an entirely new chapter on current developments, making this updated edition an essentia
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Narrative Factuality

Narrative Factuality

Kyallo Wadi Wamitila is Associate Professor of Kiswahili Literature and Language at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. ... Criticism of Kiswahili Poetry (2001) as well as co-authored the volume Outline of Swahili Literature (2009, ...

Author: Monika Fludernik

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110486278

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 789

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The study of narrative—the object of the rapidly growing discipline of narratology—has been traditionally concerned with the fictional narratives of literature, such as novels or short stories. But narrative is a transdisciplinary and transmedial concept whose manifestations encompass both the fictional and the factual. In this volume, which provides a companion piece to Tobias Klauk and Tilmann Köppe’s Fiktionalität: Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch, the use of narrative to convey true and reliable information is systematically explored across media, cultures and disciplines, as well as in its narratological, stylistic, philosophical, and rhetorical dimensions. At a time when the notion of truth has come under attack, it is imperative to reaffirm the commitment to facts of certain types of narrative, and to examine critically the foundations of this commitment. But because it takes a background for a figure to emerge clearly, this book will also explore nonfactual types of narratives, thereby providing insights into the nature of narrative fiction that could not be reached from the narrowly literary perspective of early narratology.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Paradise Discourse Imperialism and Globalization

Paradise Discourse  Imperialism  and Globalization

12 See Elena Z. Bertocini, Outline of Swahili Literature: Prose, Fiction, Drama (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1989). 13 MpaliveHangson Msiska and Paul Hyland, eds., Writing and Africa (London: Longman, 1997) 46–65. 14 Taarab is Zanzibari string ...

Author: Sharae Deckard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135224011

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This comparative study, the first of its kind, discusses paradise discourse in a wide range of writing from Mexico, Zanzibar, and Sri Lanka, including novels by authors such as Malcolm Lowry, Leonard Woolf, Juan Rulfo, Wilson Harris, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Romesh Gunesekera. Tracing dialectical tropes of paradise across the "long modernity" of the capitalist world-system, Deckard reads literature from postcolonial nations in context with colonial discourse in order to demonstrate how paradise begins as a topos motivating European exploration and colonization, shifts into an ideological myth justifying imperial exploitation, and finally becomes a literary motif used by contemporary writers to critique neocolonial representations and conditions in the age of globalization. Combining a range of critical perspectives—cultural materialist, ecocritical, and postcolonial—the volume opens up a deeper understanding of the relation between paradise discourse and the destructive dynamics of plantation, tourism, and global capital. Deckard uncovers literature from East Africa and South Asia which has been previously overlooked in mainstream postcolonial criticism, and gestures to how the utopian dimensions of the paradise myth might be reclaimed to promote cultural resistance.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gender Across Languages

Gender Across Languages

An outline of Swahili literature. Leiden: Brill. Brown, Penelope 8: Stephen C. Levinson. 1987. Politeness. Some universals in language usage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Caplan, Pat A. 1969. “Cognatic descent groups on Mafia ...

Author: Marlis Hellinger

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027296818

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 391

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This is the third of a three-volume comprehensive reference work on “Gender across Languages”, which provides systematic descriptions of various categories of gender (grammatical, lexical, referential, social) in 30 languages of diverse genetic, typological and socio-cultural backgrounds. Among the issues discussed for each language are the following: What are the structural properties of the language that have an impact on the relations between language and gender? What are the consequences for areas such as agreement, pronominalisation and word-formation? How is specification of and abstraction from (referential) gender achieved in a language? Is empirical evidence available for the assumption that masculine/male expressions are interpreted as generics? Can tendencies of variation and change be observed, and have alternatives been proposed for a more equal linguistic treatment of women and men? This volume (and the previous two volumes) will provide the much-needed basis for explicitly comparative analyses of gender across languages. All chapters are original contributions and follow a common general outline developed by the editors. The book contains rich bibliographical and indexical material. Languages of Volume 3: Czech, Danish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Oriya, Polish, Serbian, Swahili and Swedish.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Translation Studies beyond the Postcolony

Translation Studies beyond the Postcolony

Outline of Swahili literature. Leiden: Brill. Bielsa, E. 2013. Translation and the international circulation of literature: A comparative analysis of the reception of Roberto Bolaño's work in Spanish and English.

Author: Kobus Marais

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443869324

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 390

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This edited volume explores the role of (postcolonial) translation studies in addressing issues of the postcolony. It investigates the retention of the notion of postcolonial translation studies and whether one could reconsider or adapt the assumptions and methodologies of postcolonial translation studies to a new understanding of the postcolony to question the impact of postcolonial translation studies in Africa to address pertinent issues. The book also places the postcolony in historical perspective, and takes a critical look at the failures of postcolonial approaches to translation studies. The book brings together 12 chapters, which are divided into three sections: namely, Africa, the Global South, and the Global North. As such, the volume is able to consider the postcolony (and even conceptualisations beyond the postcolony) in a variety of settings worldwide.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Living Through Languages

Living Through Languages

Kiswahili, 44(2): 10-13. Bertoncini, E. 1989. Outline of Swahili literature. E. J Brill: Leiden. Blommaert, J. 1988. Ethnolinguistics and Kiswahili rhetoric: 'Elimu ya kujitegemea' undressed. Working Papers in Kiswahili 3, 50 pp.

Author: Christa Van der Walt

Publisher: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA

ISBN: 9781920109707

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 179

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Living through Languages: An African Tribute to René Dirven is a collection of scholarly research meant to honour the various facets of his academic legacy, which includes language policy and politics, language acquisition (specifically in multilingual societies), the role of English and English language teaching, and a life-long interest in cognitive linguistics.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

On the Poetics of the Utendi

On the Poetics of the Utendi

A Critical Edition of the Nineteenth-century Swahili Poem "Utendi Wa Haudaji" Together with a Stylistic Analysis Clarissa Vierke ... Outline of Swahili Literature: Prose fiction and Drama. Leiden: Brill. Biersteker, A. J. (1990).

Author: Clarissa Vierke

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643800893

Category: Epic literature, Swahili

Page: 704

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Categories: Epic literature, Swahili