Representing Africa in Children's Literature
Old and New Ways of Seeing
Routledge – 2008 – 168 pages
Representing Africa in Children’s Literature explores how African and Western authors portray youth in contemporary African societies, critically examining the dominant images of Africa and Africans in books published between 1960 and 2005. The book focuses on contemporary children’s and young adult literature set in Africa, examining issues regarding colonialism, the politics of representation, and the challenges posed to both "insiders" and "outsiders" writing about Africa for children.
"Representing Africa is a text that I will gladly recommend and use in my own work."
-- Barbara A. Lehman, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Summer 2009, Vol. 34, No. 2
"Few scholars have written in such depth about
Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is Associate Professor of literacy/children’s literature at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA. She is an assistant editor of Sankofa: Journal of African and African American Children’s Literature and serves on the Children’s Africana Book Award Committee.