Xala

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Xala

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Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613746520

Genre: Fiction

Page: 112

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Book Summary: A biting satire about the downfall of a businessman-polygamist who assumes the role of the colonialist in French-speaking Africa.


Realisms in Contemporary Culture

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Realisms in Contemporary Culture

Author: Dorothee Birke,Stella Butter

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110312913

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Book Summary: ‘Realism’ is a pervasive term in discussions of contemporary developments in the cultural sphere. By drawing on different theories of realism, the authors explore how the term may be used as a helpful concept in order to analyse and evaluate current trends in cultural production and, in turn, how cultural production changes our understanding of what counts as ‘realism’. The contributions deal with realism in narrative fiction, drama and audiovisual media (film, television news) within the context of national traditions: examples drawn on in the case studies range from Africa, Britain, Germany, Iceland, Russia, Turkey to the United States. While the authors take their cues from media-specific ‘realisms’, focusing especially on narrative fiction, the volume also highlights continuities and intersections between notions of realism in different genres and media. With its original essays, this collection invigorates the transdisciplinary engagement with forms and socio-political functions of realism in contemporary culture.


Cruel City

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Cruel City

Author: Mongo Beti

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253008301

Genre: Fiction

Page: 196

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Book Summary: Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). Cruel City tells the story of a young man's attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country. Banda, the protagonist, sets off to sell the year's cocoa harvest to earn the bride price for the woman he has chosen to wed. Due to a series of misfortunes, Banda loses both his crop and his bride to be. Making his way to the city, Banda is witness to a changing Africa, and as his journey progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. Published here with the author's essay "Romancing Africa," the novel signifies a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing.


Making Subject(s)

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Making Subject(s)

Author: Allen Carey-Webb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317776984

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Book Summary: First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Houseboy

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Houseboy

Author: Ferdinand Oyono

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478609907

Genre: Fiction

Page: 122

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Book Summary: Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. Houseboy, written in the form of Toundis captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences. Early on, he escapes his fathers angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi then becomes the Chief Europeans boythe dog of the King. Toundis attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.


Ecriture et texte

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Ecriture et texte

Author: Simon Battestini

Publisher: Presses Université Laval

ISBN: 9782763775081

Genre: Africa

Page: 474

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French Twentieth Bibliography

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French Twentieth Bibliography

Author: Douglas W. Alden

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 9780945636861

Genre:

Page: 560

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Book Summary: This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.


De la littérature coloniale à la littérature africaine

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De la littérature coloniale à la littérature africaine

Author: Riesz Jànos

Publisher: KARTHALA Editions

ISBN: 2811121056

Genre: Fiction

Page: 424

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Book Summary: La littérature africaine en langues européennes est confrontée, depuis ses origines, à une masse de textes issus de la littérature coloniale d'une grande variété tant par les genres et la thématique que par le talent de leurs auteurs. L'évolution de la littérature africaine peut être décrite comme processus de positionnement et d'émancipation face à cette vaste " bibliothèque coloniale ". Nous ne voulons pas nier l'influence des langues et cultures africaines indigènes respectives sur les littératures europhones naissantes. Mais elles sont spécifiques et se rapportent à la langue/culture d'origine de chaque auteur ou groupe d'auteurs, tandis que les clivages par rapport aux littératures européennes parlant de l'Afrique sont communs à des auteurs venant de langues et cultures différentes. Situer les littératures africaines en langues européennes par rapport aux littératures européennes de l'époque coloniale et post coloniale, c'est souligner leur unité : " On se pose en s'opposant ", selon la célèbre formule de Sartre. La langue du colonisateur, enseignée à l'école (ou à l'église ou à l'armée) et intériorisée par des procédés tels que la " récitation " ou la mémorisation, transporte avec elle des conceptions multiformes allant d'une imagerie à un répertoire de savoir populaire, incrusté dans des locutions figées et des métaphores qui ne sont plus perçues comme telles, à une vision du monde qui règle et détermine la vie en société aussi bien que les relations avec autrui, depuis les relations personnelles jusqu'aux rapports de forces entre collectivités : des jalousies individuelles aux rivalités économiques, querelles territoriales jusqu'aux guerres civiles et entre nations.


Littérature africaine et sa critique

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Littérature africaine et sa critique

Author: Locha Mateso

Publisher: KARTHALA Editions

ISBN: 9782865371532

Genre: African literature

Page: 399

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Chaka

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Chaka

Author: Thomas Mofolo

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478609729

Genre: Fiction

Page: 168

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Book Summary: Chaka is a genuine masterpiece that represents one of the earliest major contributions of black Africa to the corpus of modern world literature. Mofolos fictionalized life-story account of Chaka (Shaka), translated from Sesotho by D. P. Kunene, begins with the future Zulu kings birth followed by the unwarranted taunts and abuse he receives during childhood and adolescence. The author manipulates events leading to Chakas status of great Zulu warrior, conqueror, and king to emphasize classic tragedys psychological themes of ambition and power, cruelty, and ultimate ruin. Mofolos clever nods to the supernatural add symbolic value. Kunenes fine translation renders the dramatic and tragic tensions in Mofolos tale palpable as the richness of the authors own culture is revealed. A substantial introduction by the translator provides valuable context for modern readers.


Le roman ouest-africain de langue française

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Le roman ouest-africain de langue française

Author: Gandonou Albert

Publisher: KARTHALA Editions

ISBN: 281112120X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 358

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Book Summary: On pourrait affirmer que la littérature de langue française ayant pour thème l'Afrique et ses hommes, si elle est africaine, l'est autant sous la plume des écrivains blancs que sous celle des écrivains noirs. Mais cette étude de langue et de style paraît démontrer amplement qu'il ne s'agirait , ni plus ni moins que de littérature française. L'ouvrage tente de redéfinir la littérature francophone négro-africaine sur des critères autres que ceux de l'idéologie et de la race. La grammaire, l'étude attentive du lexique et de la syntaxe, permettent de poser un regard plus objectif sur la partie de la littérature française qui concerne l'Afrique.


Entre la parole et l'écrit - Contributions à l'histoire de l'Afrique en hommage à Claude Hélène Perrot

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Entre la parole et l'écrit - Contributions à l'histoire de l'Afrique en hommage à Claude Hélène Perrot

Author: CHASTANET Monique

Publisher: KARTHALA Editions

ISBN: 2811142703

Genre:

Page: 276

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Book Summary: Au moment, où en France, les débats sur l'histoire d'Afrique prennent une vivacité nouvelle avec l'affrontement des mémoires héritées de l'époque coloniale, il est utile de se rappeler les apports d'une génération d'historiens qui, dans les années 1960-1980, a contribué à mettre au jour le passé le plus ancien de ce continent. Claude-Hélène Perrot, lontemps professeur à l'université de Paris 1, a contibué à ce renouvellement de l'écriture de l'histoire africaine. Cet ouvrage met en valeur la complexité entre l'oral et l'écrit. C'est à la fois un témoignage sur le passé et une interrogation sur l'avenir des recherches sur l'oralité.


Third World Film Making and the West

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Third World Film Making and the West

Author: Roy Armes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520908017

Genre: Performing Arts

Page: 381

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Book Summary: This volume is the first fully comprehensive account of film production in the Third World. Although they are usually ignored or marginalized in histories of world cinema," Third World countries now produce well over half of the world’s films. Roy Armes sets out initially to place this huge output in a wider context, examining the forces of tradition and colonialism that have shaped the Third World--defined as those countries that have emerged from Western control but have not fully developed their economic potential or rejected the capitalist system in favor of some socialist alternative. He then considers the paradoxes of social structure and cultural life in the post-independence world, where even such basic concepts as "nation," "national culture," and "language" are problematic. The first experience of cinema for such countries has invariably been that of imported Western films, which created the audience and, in most cases, still dominate the market today. Thus, Third World film makers have had to ssert their identity against formidable outside pressures. The later sections of the book look at their output from a number of angles: in terms of the stages of overall growth and corresponding stages of cinematic development; from the point of view of regional evolution in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; and through a detailed examination of the work of some of the Third World’s most striking film innovators. In addition to charting the broad outlines of filmic developments too little known in Europe and the United States, the book calls into question many of the assumptions that shape conventional film history. It stresse the role of distribution in defining and limiting production, queries simplistic notions of independent "national cinemas," and points to the need to take social and economic factors into account when considering authorship in cinema. Above all, the book celebrates the achievements of a mass of largely unknown film makers who, in difficult circumstances, have distinctively expanded our definitions of the art of cinema. Roy Armes, who lives in London, has written nine books on film, his most recent being French Cinema. He spent more than three years researching this volume.


French Twentieth Bibliography

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French Twentieth Bibliography

Author: Alden Douglas W.

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780941664752

Genre:

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The Old Man and the Medal

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The Old Man and the Medal

Author: Ferdinand Oyono

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 147861109X

Genre: Fiction

Page: 167

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Book Summary: Writing in French in the 1950s, Ferdinand Léopold Oyono (1929–2010) had only a brief literary career, but his anticolonialist novels are considered classics of twentieth-century African literature. Like Oyono’s Houseboy, also available from Waveland Press, this novel fiercely satirizes the false pretenses of European colonial rule in Africa. Meka, a village elder, has always been loyal to the white man. It is with pride that he first hears he is to receive a medal. While waiting for the ceremony, however, Meka’s pride gives way to skepticism. At the same time, his wife has realized that the medal is being given to her husband as compensation for the sacrifices they have made. The events following the ceremony confirm Meka’s new estimation of the white man. Both subtle and oftentimes humorous, this beautifully told story lays bare the hollowness of the mission in Africa. It fuels opportunities for discussing colonial politics around class and race as well as for exploring indigenous Cameroon life and values.


The Red and the Black

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The Red and the Black

Author: Stendhal

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1442945095

Genre: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Book Summary: "The Red and the Black" is a reflective novel about the rise of poor, intellectually gifted people to High Society. Set in 19th century France it portrays the era after the exile of Napoleon to St. Helena. The influential, sharp epigrams in striking prose, leave reader almost as intrigued by the author s talent as the surprising twists that occur in the arduous love life.


Post-Colonial Cameroon

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Post-Colonial Cameroon

Author: Joseph Takougang,Julius A. Amin

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 149856464X

Genre: Political Science

Page: 472

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Book Summary: This book by a diverse group of Cameroonian scholars, both at home and in the diaspora, presents multidisciplinary insights on some of the critical issues including political, economic, and sociocultural developments in post-colonial Cameroon.


Africa in Narratives

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Africa in Narratives

Author: Chin Ce,Charles Smith

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9783603698

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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Book Summary: Africa in Narratives illuminates or proves, against the backdrop of attitudes toward nations deemed ethnic or minorities, that literature in Africa can live up to the challenge of aesthetic imagination to form an active, refreshing part of world cultural discourse. African countries have evolved imaginatively beyond their present ephemeral stages of social and political turmoil not to talk of intellectual imitations of western thought, nation literatures should be subject to the imperative of a continental cooperation.


The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel

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The Colonial Comedy: Imperialism in the French Realist Novel

Author: Jennifer Yee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191034207

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Book Summary: Nineteenth-century French Realism focuses on metropolitan France, with Paris as its undisputed heart. Through Jennifer Yee's close reading of the great novelists of the French realist and naturalist canon - Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Maupassant - The Colonial Comedy reveals that the colonies play a role at a distance even in the most apparently metropolitan texts. In what Edward Said called 'geographical notations' of race and imperialism the presence of the colonies off-stage is apparent as imported objects, colonial merchandise, and individuals whose colonial experience is transformative. Indeed, the realist novel registers the presence of the emerging global world-system through networks of importation, financial speculation, and immigration as well as direct colonial violence and power structures. The literature of the century responds to the last decades of French slavery, and direct colonialism (notably in Algeria), but also economic imperialism and the extension of French influence elsewhere. Far from imperialist triumphalism, in the realist novel exotic objects are portrayed as fake or mass-produced for the growing bourgeois market, while economic imperialism is associated with fraud and manipulation. The deliberate contrast of colonialism and exoticism within the metropolitan novel, and ironic distancing of colonial narratives, reveal the realist mode to be capable of questioning its own epistemological basis. The Colonial Comedy argues for the existence in the nineteenth century of a Critical Orientalism characterized by critique of its own discursive foundations. Using the tools of literary analysis within a materialist approach, The Colonial Comedy opens up the domestic Paris-Provinces axis to signifying chains pointing towards the colonial space.


European-language Writing in Sub-Saharan Africa

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European-language Writing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Albert S. Gérard

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027274681

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 1288

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Book Summary: The first major comparative study of African writing in western languages, European-language Writing in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by Albert S. Gérard, falls into four wide-ranging sections: an overview of early contacts and colonial developments “Under Western Eyes”; chapters on “Black Consciousness” manifest in the debates over Panafricanism and Negritude; a group of essays on mental decolonization expressed in “Black Power” texts at the time of independence struggles; and finally “Comparative Vistas,” sketching directions that future comparative study might explore. An introductory essay stresses the millennia of writing in Africa, side by side with a richly eloquent and artistic set of vernacular oral traditions; written and oral traditions have become interwoven in adaptations of imported forms and linguistic innovations that challenge traditional “high” literary norms. Gérard uses the mathematical concept of “fuzzy sets” to explain why the focus on “Black Africa” has led him to set aside for future analysis the literatures produced in North Africa, which fall under the influence of Muslim civilization, as well as the diasporic literatures of the New World. Over sixty scholars from twenty-two countries contribute specialized studies of creative writing by leading authors in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as Achebe, Mphahlele, Ngugi, Senghor, Soyinka, and Tutuola. Critical analyses are organized primarily around regions, reflecting different colonial languages imposed through schools and other social institutions. Some authors trace the adaptation of western genres, others identify syncretism with folktales or myths. The volumes are attentive to the heterogeneity of national literatures addressed to polyethnic and multilingual populations, and they note the instrumental politics of language in newly independent states. A closing chapter, “Tasks Ahead,” identifies areas for future scholars to explore.