The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English by Simon Gikandi,Evan Mwangi

By Simon Gikandi,Evan Mwangi

The Columbia advisor to East African Literature in English for the reason that 1945 demanding situations the normal trust that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are constrained to the previous British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. as an alternative, those traditions stretch a ways into such neighboring nations as Somalia and Ethiopia.

Simon Gikandi and Evan Mwangi gather a very inclusive checklist of significant writers and traits. they start with a chronology of key ancient occasions and an outline of the emergence and transformation of literary tradition within the zone. Then they supply an alphabetical record of significant writers and short descriptions in their issues and achievements.

Some of the writers mentioned comprise the Kenyan novelists Grace Ogot and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ugandan poet and essayist Taban Lo Liyong, Ethiopian playwright and poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Tanzanian novelist and diplomat Peter Palangyo, Ethiopian novelist Berhane Mariam Sahle-Sellassie, and the novelist M. G. Vassanji, who portrays the Indian diaspora in Africa, Europe, and North America.

Separate entries inside this record describe thematic issues, akin to colonialism, decolonization, the black aesthetic, and the language query; the expansion of genres like autobiography and well known literature; vital hobbies like cultural nationalism and feminism; and the impression of significant forces resembling AIDS/HIV, Christian missions, and urbanization.

Comprehensive and richly precise, this consultant deals a clean viewpoint at the function of East Africa within the improvement of African and global literature in English and a brand new knowing of the ancient, cultural, and geopolitical obstacles of the region.

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