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New and Published Books

  1. Postcolonial African Writers

    A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

    Edited by Siga Fatima Jagne, Pushpa Naidu Parekh

    This reference book surveys the richness of postcolonial African literature. The volume begins with an introductory essay on postcolonial criticism and African writing, then presents alphabetically arranged profiles of some 60 writers, including Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris...

    Published March 18th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Popular Culture in Africa

    The Episteme of the Everyday

    Edited by Stephanie Newell, Onookome Okome

    Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

    This volume marks the 25th anniversary of Karin Barber’s ground-breaking article, "Popular Arts in Africa", which stimulated new debates about African popular culture and its defining categories. Focusing on performances, audiences, social contexts and texts, contributors ask how African...

    Published November 11th 2013 by Routledge

  3. African Youth in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture

    Identity Quest

    Edited by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Lindah Mhando

    Series: Routledge African Studies

    This book explores how African youth are depicted in contemporary literature and popular culture, and discusses the different ways by which they attempt to construct personal and cultural identities through popular culture and social media outlets. The contributors approach the subject from an...

    Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge

  4. African City Textualities

    Edited by Ranka Primorac

    The stereotype of Africa as a predominantly 'natural' space ignores the existence of vibrant and cosmopolitan urban environments on the continent. Far from merely embodying backwardness and lack, African cities are sites of complex and diverse cultural productions which participate in...

    Published May 30th 2013 by Routledge

  5. The Epic Trickster in American Literature

    From Sunjata to So(u)l

    By Gregory E. Rutledge

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature

    Just as Africa and the West have traditionally fit into binaries of Darkness/Enlightenment, Savage/Modern, Ugly/Beautiful, and Ritual/Art, among others, much of Western cultural production rests upon the archetypal binary of Trickster/Epic, with trickster aesthetics and commensurate cultural forms...

    Published December 20th 2012 by Routledge

  6. African American Writing

    Edited by A. Robert Lee

    Co-published by Routledge and Edition Synapse Although there are any number of single-volume anthologies on individual writers and movements (e.g. the Harlem Renaissance), African American Writing is the first multi-volume collection to provide users with full coverage of a crucial literary...

    Published November 29th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Frantz Fanon

    By Pramod K. Nayar

    Series: Routledge Critical Thinkers

    Frantz Fanon has established a position as a leading anticolonial thinker, through key texts such as Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth. He has influenced the work of thinkers from Edward Said and Homi Bhabha to Paul Gilroy, but his complex work is often misinterpreted as an...

    Published November 15th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Literature and Development in North Africa

    The Modernizing Mission

    By Perri Giovannucci

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Facts, Fiction, and African Creative Imaginations

    Edited by Toyin Falola, Fallou Ngom

    Series: Routledge African Studies

    This volume brings together insights from distinguished scholars from around the world to address the facts, fiction and creative imaginations in the pervasive portrayals of Africa, its people, societies and cultures in the literature and the media. The fictionalization of Africa and African issues...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  10. The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee

    By Hania A.M. Nashef

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    In this volume, Nashef looks at J.M. Coetzee's concern with universal suffering and the inevitable humiliation of the human being as manifest in his novels. Though several theorists have referred to the theme of human degradation in Coetzee’s work, no detailed study has been made of this area of...

    Published July 26th 2012 by Routledge