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Comparative Literature: Sharing Knowledges for Preserving Cultural Diversity - Volume III

Comparative Literature: Sharing Knowledges for Preserving Cultural Diversity - Volume III Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lisa Block de Behar,Paola Mildonian,Jean-Michel Djian,Djelal Kadir,Alfons Knauth,Dolores Romero Lopez and Marcio Seligmann Silva
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Comparative Literature: Sharing Knowledges for Preserving Cultural Diversity - Volume III by Lisa Block de Behar,Paola Mildonian,Jean-Michel Djian,Djelal Kadir,Alfons Knauth,Dolores Romero Lopez and Marcio Seligmann Silva Summary

Comparative Literature: Sharing Knowledges for Preserving Cultural Diversity theme is a component of Encyclopedia of Social Sciences and Humanities in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. The Theme on Comparative Literature: Sharing Knowledge's for Preserving Cultural Diversity provides six different topics: 1. Language, literature and human sustainability; 2. Relationships among literature and other artistic activities and discourses ; 3. Comparative literature and other fields of knowledge; 4. Comparative literature, criticism and media ; 5. Comparative literature in the age of global change; 6. Translatio studii and cross-cultural movements or Weltverkehr. These three volumes are aimed at a wide spectrum of audiences: University and College Students, Educators and Research Personnel.

Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender

Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Florence Stratton
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1000158772
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The influence of colonialism and race on the development of African literature has been the subject of a number of studies. The effect of patriarchy and gender, however, and indeed the contributions of African women, have up until now been largely ignored by the critics. Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender is the first extensive account of African literature from a feminist perspective. In this first radical and exciting work Florence Stratton outlines the features of an emerging female tradition in African fiction. A chapter is dedicated to each to the works of four women writers: Grace Ogot, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta and Mariama Ba. In addition she provides challenging new readings of canonical male authors such as Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo'o and Wole Soyinka. Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender thus provides the first truly comprehensive definition of the current literary tradition in Africa.

The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema

The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinema Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maik Nwosu
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317374916
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This book is a seminal study that significantly expands the interdisciplinary discourse on African literature and cinema by exploring Africa’s under-visited carnivalesque poetics of laughter. Focusing on modern African literature as well as contemporary African cinema, particularly the direct-to-video Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood, the book examines the often-neglected aesthetics of the African comic imagination. In modern African literature, which sometimes creatively traces a path back to African folklore, and in Nollywood — with its aesthetic relationship to Onitsha Market Literature — the pertinent styles range from comic simplicitas to comic magnitude with the facilitation of language, characterization, and plot by a poetics of laughter or lightness as an important aspect of style. The poetics at work is substantially carnivalesque, a comic preference or tendency that is attributable, in different contexts, to a purposeful comic sensibility or an unstructured but ingrained or virtual comic mode. In the best instances of this comic vision, the characteristic laughter or lightness can facilitate a revaluation or reappreciation of the world, either because of the aesthetic structure of signification or the consequent chain of signification. This referentiality or progressive signification is an important aspect of the poetics of laughter as the African comic imagination variously reflects, across genres, both the festival character of comedy and its pedagogical value. This book marks an important contribution to African literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, comic imagination, poetics, critical theory, and African cinema.

Contemporary African Literature in English

Contemporary African Literature in English Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. Krishnan
Editor: Springer
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Contemporary African Literature in English explores the contours of representation in contemporary Anglophone African literature, drawing on a wide range of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Brian Chikwava, Ngug? wa Thiong'o, Nuruddin Farah and Chris Abani.

Disorientation: Muslim Identity in Contemporary Anglophone Literature

Disorientation: Muslim Identity in Contemporary Anglophone Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: E. Santesso
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Disorientation: Muslim Identity in Contemporary Anglophone Literature by E. Santesso Summary

Focusing on British novels about the Muslim immigrant experience published after 9/11; this book examines the promise as well as the limits of 'British Muslim' identity as a viable form of self-representation, and the challenges - particularly for women - of reconciling non-Western religious identity with the secular policies of Western states.

Tout s'effondre

Tout s'effondre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chinua Achebe
Editor: Éditions Actes Sud
ISBN: 2330071213
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Tout s'effondre by Chinua Achebe Summary

Ce formidable roman qui a marqué son époque – au point que le monde anglophone a fêté en 2008 le cinquantenaire de sa parution – a immédiatement inscrit Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) au rang des écrivains d’Afrique les plus lus et étudiés. Riche et dense, il brasse des thèmes tels que la destruction de la vie tribale à la fin du XIXe siècle à la suite de l’arrivée des Européens, la conversion au christianisme, la vie quotidienne des femmes et des enfants d’un village de forêt...

L'Ombre d'une différence

L'Ombre d'une différence Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sefi Atta
Editor: Éditions Actes Sud
ISBN: 2330035195
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Une quadragénaire nigériane qui vit à Londres revient à Lagos, mandatée par l’ONG pour laquelle elle travaille. Cette célibataire désabusée retrouve une famille, une ville, un pays qu’elle pourrait se remettre à aimer. Un roman de la maturité piquant d’humour et d’esprit sur les lieux que l’on se choisit ou qui nous choisissent.

Racism in Contemporary African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Racism in Contemporary African American Children’s and Young Adult Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Suriyan Panlay
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319428934
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Applying critical race theory to contemporary African American children’s and young adult literature, this book explores one key racial issue that has been overlooked both in race studies and literary scholarship—internalised racism. By systematically examining the issue of internalised racism and its detrimental psychological effects, particularly towards the young and vulnerable, this book defamiliarises the very racial issue that otherwise has become normalised in American racial discourse, reaffirming the relevance of race, racism, and racialisation in contemporary America. Through readings of works by Jacqueline Woodson, Sharon G. Flake, Tanita S. Davis, Sapphire, Rosa Guy, and Nikki Grimes, Suriyan Panlay develops a new critical discourse on internalised racism by studying its effects on marginalised children, its manifestations, and the fictional narrative strategies that can be used to regain and reclaim a sense of self.

Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature

Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tanure Ojaide
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Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature by Tanure Ojaide Summary

Literature remains one of the few disciplines that reflect the experiences, sensibility, worldview, and living realities of its people. Contemporary African literature captures the African experience in history and politics in a multiplicity of ways. Politics itself has come to intersect and impact on most, if not all, aspects of the African reality. This relationship of literature with African people’s lives and condition forms the setting of this study. Tanure Ojaide’s Indigeneity, Globalization, and African Literature: Personally Speaking belongs with a well-established tradition of personal reflections on literature by African creative writer-critics. Ojaide’s contribution brings to the table the perspective of what is now recognized as a “second generation” writer, a poet, and a concerned citizen of Nigeria’s Niger Delta area.

Dis que tu es des leurs

Dis que tu es des leurs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Uwen Akpan
Editor: Books
ISBN: 2366080298
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Dis que tu es des leurs by Uwen Akpan Summary

"Cinq histoires en forme d’hommage à la sagesse des enfants, à leur résilience lorsqu’ils sont confrontés aux circonstances les plus terribles. Une famille vivant dans un bidonville de Nairobi s’affère pour trouver des cadeaux à l’approche de Noël. Une jeune fille rwandaise raconte le combat de ses parents pour maintenir les apparences de la normalité, alors que plane, grandissante, la menace du génocide. Au Gabon, Kotchikpa, 10 ans, et sa petite sœur, sont laissés à la garde de leur oncle Fofo, qui tente de les vendre comme esclaves. Deux amies d’enfance sont les otages d’un conflit religieux en Éthiopie. À bord d’un bus rempli de réfugiés – microcosme de l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui –, un garçon musulman compte sur sa foi pour réussir une dangereuse traversée du Nigéria. La prose d’Akpan décrit avec force et empathie la sombre condition de ces enfants d’Afrique, leurs difficultés et leurs visions du futur. "

The Music in African American Fiction

The Music in African American Fiction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert H. Cataliotti
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 0429753284
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The Music in African American Fiction by Robert H. Cataliotti Summary

Originally published in 1995, The Music of African American Fiction is a historical analysis of the tradition of representing music in African American fiction. The book examines the impact of evolving musical styles and innovative musicians on black culture as is manifested in the literature. The analysis begins with the slave narratives and the emergence of the first black fiction of the antebellum years and moves through the Reconstruction. This is followed by analyses of definitive fictional representations of African American music from the turn-of-the-century through Harlem Renaissance, the Depression and World War II eras through the 1960s and the Black Arts Movement. The representation of black music shapes a lineage that extends from the initial chronicles written in response to sub-human bondage to the declarations of an autonomous "black aesthetic" and dramatically influences the evolution of an African American literary tradition.

Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing

Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alberto Fernández Carbajal
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Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing by Alberto Fernández Carbajal Summary

Compromise and Resistance in Postcolonial Writing offers a new critical approach to E. M. Forster's legacy. It examines key themes in Forster's work (homosexuality, humanism, modernism, liberalism) and their relevance to post-imperial and postcolonial novels by important contemporary writers.

Décoloniser l'esprit

Décoloniser l'esprit Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
Editor: La fabrique éditions
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" Ce livre est mon adieu à l'anglais ": Ngugi wa Thiong'o, romancier kényan, n'y va pas par quatre chemins, il décide que désormais, il n'écrira plus qu'en kikuyu. Pour un auteur dont les oeuvres sont largement diffusées dans le monde anglophone, c'est une lourde décision, dont Décoloniser l'esprit, écrit en 1986, explique les raisons. L'origine remonte à une "Conférence des écrivains africains de langue anglaise", organisée en 1962, en Ouganda : elle excluait les auteurs écrivant dans l'une ou l'autre des langues africaines, et le jeune Ngugi se posait alors la question : "Comment a-t-il été possible que nous, écrivains africains, fassions preuve de tant de faiblesse dans la défense de nos propres langues et de tant d'avidité dans la revendication de langues étrangères, à commencer par celles de nos colonisateurs ?" A travers son parcours personnel de romancier et d'homme de théâtre, Ngugi wa Thiong'o montre que le rôle donné aux littératures orales africaines, la vision de l'Afrique comme un tout et non comme un découpage issu de la colonisation, la référence aux traditions de résistance populaire, tout cela qui passe par la langue est la condition nécessaire pour décoloniser l'esprit. Ngugi wa Thiong'o est actuellement professeur et directeur de l'International Center for Writing and Translation à l'université de Californie à Irvine.


Tombéza Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rachid Mimouni
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ISBN: 223407147X
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Tombéza by Rachid Mimouni Summary

On ne peut parler avec justesse de l'horreur que sur un ton paisible, sans remous ni éclats. C'est le pari qu'a choisi Rachid Mimouni pour nous raconter l'histoire d'un enfant, d'un adolescent puis d'un adulte - celui qu'on appellera Tombéza - qui, né dans d'horribles circonstances, parcourra toutes les horribles circonstances qui mèneront à la naissance de la nouvelle Algérie. Et quand, ayant fait son trou dans cette société qui se cherche à tâtons, parvenu à l'honorabilité et presque aux honneurs, il sera abattu par plus corrompus que lui, s'achèvera la trajectoire d'un destin maudit. Au-delà du portrait d'un homme monstrueux - et finalement extraordinairement attachant -, Tombéza décrit une société en déréliction où les hommes, en plein désarroi, s'interrogent sur le bien et le mal, ainsi que sur cette force de perversion qui pourrit leur être et leur monde. Rachid Mimouni est né en 1945 à Boudouaou, à l'est d'Alger, d'une famille de paysans. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs ouvrages dont Une peine à vivre, L'Honneur de la Tribu, et La Malédiction. Il est décédé à Paris en 1995.

Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Literature

Cross-Cultural Visions in African American Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Y. Hakutani
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 0230119123
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The most influential East-West artistic, cultural, and literary exchange that has taken place in modern and postmodern times was the reading and writing of haiku. Here, esteemed contributors investigate the impact of Eastern philosophy and religion on African American writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison, offering a fresh field of literary inquiry.

La Fin d'une liaison

La Fin d'une liaison Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Graham GREENE
Editor: Robert Laffont
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Maurice Bendrix s'éprend au premier regard de Sarah, l'épouse de Henry Miles, un haut fonctionnaire. Ils entament une relation passionnée à l'été 1939, qui s'achève brutalement lorsqu'un obus frappe la maison londonienne où ils ont pris l'habitude de se retrouver. Pendant plusieurs minutes, Sarah a cru son amant mort et sans un mot d'explication elle s'enfuit, mettant fin à leur histoire. Par une soirée sombre et mouillée de janvier 1946, Bendrix croise par hasard Henry et ce dernier lui confie avoir le sentiment que Sarah le trompe. Rongé par la curiosité et la jalousie, Bendrix engage un détective privé qui lui remet le journal intime de son ancienne maîtresse. Il comprendra enfin son mystérieux revirement le jour fatidique de leur rupture... Un des romans les plus autobiographiques de Graham Greene, La Fin d'une liaison est une histoire en trompe-l'oeil sur les tiraillements d'une femme partagée entre sa foi et son amour illégitime. " La Fin d'une liaison est à mon avis le meilleur roman de Graham Greene. " Neil Jordan

African Fiction and Joseph Conrad

African Fiction and Joseph Conrad Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Byron Caminero-Santangelo
Editor: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791484210
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African Fiction and Joseph Conrad by Byron Caminero-Santangelo Summary

Interrogates the "writing back to the center" approach to intertextuality and explores alternatives to it. "Byron Caminero-Santangelo exposes the limitations of the hegemonic 'writing back to the center' model and offers an alternative approach that emphasizes the constitutive creativity of postcolonial cultural producers. The subtlety of his reasoning and the brilliance of his close readings will make it impossible for critics to reduce postcolonial texts to a unidimensional, reactive 'writing back' relationship to European literature. This stimulating, erudite, and wide-ranging book promises to become a benchmark in postcolonial literary studies." — Laura Chrisman, author of Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism, and Transnationalism By exploring the relationships between African novels and Joseph Conrad's fiction, this book examines the many discontinuous functions postcolonial revisions of "the canon" can serve. While contemporary literary studies too often represent such revisions merely as a means for postcolonial writers to challenge a colonial worldview, Caminero-Santangelo explores how African authors engage with a wide range of historically specific ideologies generated by particular histories of national independence and the development of postcolonial nations. The shift in focus away from a single colonial moment enables Caminero-Santangelo to detect a complex interweaving of convergence and divergence between Conrad and African writers such as Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Nadine Gordimer, Tayeb Salih, and Ama Ata Aidoo, who use Conradian intertexts to intervene in repressive situations in late-twentieth-century Africa. By emphasizing the need to contextualize acts of writing and rewriting in precise historical terms, the author points to the limitations—even the dangers—of the standard cultural binary (Western-colonial/African-postcolonial) and the static dialectic of colonial domination and postcolonial resistance embraced by much recent cultural criticism. “African Fiction and Joseph Conrad is accessible, and will be a good resource for students.” — Wasafiri “The value of this work lies in its demonstration that postcolonial African literature goes far beyond ‘writing back’ to literary works by Western authors, Joseph Conrad being the prime example. By ‘writing back,’ Caminero-Santangelo means responding to the assertions, often identified as racist, made in earlier works by African writers seeking to counter false Western claims about African people and cultures … This book will be particularly valuable to those interested in non-Western writing.” — CHOICE "Caminero-Santangelo's interpretation of Conrad's influence on modern African fiction is original and convincing." — Adeleke Adeeko, author of Proverbs, Textuality, and Nativism in African Literature

Memory Work

Memory Work Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Nina Fischer
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 1137557621
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Memory Work by Nina Fischer Summary

Memory Work studies how Jewish children of Holocaust survivors from the English-speaking diaspora explore the past in literary texts. By identifying areas where memory manifests - Objects, Names, Bodies, Food, Passover, 9/11 it shows how the Second Generation engage with the pre-Holocaust family and their parents' survival.

Writing Indians and Jews

Writing Indians and Jews Pdf/ePub eBook Author: A. Guttman
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ISBN: 1137339691
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Writing Indians and Jews by A. Guttman Summary

Writing Indians and Jews examines discursive practices surrounding the representation of Jews and Jewishness in Indian literature in English. These investigations make an important contribution to the study of contemporary South Asian and diasporic literature, and understandings of anti-Semitism, religious fundamentalism, and globalization.

The dragon's blood

The dragon's blood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rebecca Mark
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781617034947
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