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By Tobias Robert Klein, Ulrike Auga, Viola Prschenk

African literary thought has lately received immensely from an rising multitude of views and scholarly methods. This quantity deals a welcome chance to evaluate tendencies within the twenty-first century's discourse on African literature: Twelve diversified articles deal with such vigorous concerns as modernity, state, civil society, postcolonial thought, and feminism, referring to those either to newer brief tales, poems, and novels and to a wide number of texts that experience in a single approach or one other bought canonical prestige. the 1st part "Language, Modernity and Modernism" explores ocial and aesthetic figurations of modernity in African literary discourse. "New Readings in African Literature and Postcolonial concept" bargains clean and important ways to this hotly contested zone. within the final part, "Identity, Dissidence and Cultural Practice," the questions tackled predicament the position of literature and the African author in an more and more plural and diversifying social atmosphere. many of the authors taken care of intimately are: Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Okot p'Bitek, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nuruddin Farah, Nadine Gordimer, Helon Habila, Kojo Laing, Alexander Kanengoni, Farida Karodia, Lewis Nkosi, plant life Nwapa, Ike Oguine, Ben Okri, and Wole Soyinka.

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3, ed. Tobias Robert Klein, Ulrike Auga & Viola Prüschenk (Matatu 35; Amsterdam & New York NY: Editions Rodopi, 2007); Humboldt Studies (General Editor: Flora Veit–Wild), vol. 3. 22 FRANK SCHULZE–ENGLER ] these micropolitics of modernity are explored in three novels by Wole Soyinka, Nuruddin Farah, and Tsitsi Dangarembga. For a variety of reasons, ‘modernity’ has by and large not had a particularly good press among critics and theorists of African literature. From the early days of cultural nationalism to the present flurry of postcolonial theories, critical engagements with African literature have generally been predicated on a renunciation of Western modernity.

Osborne, Peter. “Adorno and the Metaphysics of Modernism: The Problem of a ‘Postmodern’ Art,” in The Problems of Modernity: Adorno and Benjamin, ed. Andrew Benjamin (London & New York: Routledge, 1989): 23–48. ——. The Politics of Time (London: Verso, 1995). Oyono, Ferdinand. Houseboy, tr. John Reed (Une Vie de boy, 1956; Oxford: Heinemann, 1960). Tutuola, Amos. The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1953; New York: Grove, 1994). ]^ F RANK S CHULZE –E NGLER  ] African Literature and the Micropolitics of Modernity Explorations of Post-Traditional Society in Wole Soyinka’s Season of Anomy, Nuruddin Farah’s Sardines and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions [The novel] tells us there are no rules.

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