Teaching the African Novel
What is the African novel, and how should it be taught?
The twenty-three essays of this volume address these two questions and in the process convey a wealth of information and ideas about the diverse regions, peoples, nations, languages, and writers of the African continent. Topics include Ng?g? wa Thiong'o's favoring of indigenous languages and literary traditions over European; the special place of Marxism in African letters;the influence of Frantz Fanon; women writers and the sub-Saharan novel;the Maghrebian novel;the novel and the griot epic in the Sahel;Islam in the West African novel;novels in Spanish from Equatorial Guinea;apartheid and postapartheid fiction;African writers in the diaspora;globalization in East African fiction; teaching Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to students in different countries;the Onitsha market romance.
The volume editor, Gaurav Desai, writes, "The point of the volume is to encourage a reading of Africa that is sensitive to its history of colonization but at the same time responsive to its present multiracial and multicultural condition."
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"This 'companion for teaching' is an essential tool for the neophyte or the expert in teaching African literature because the collection covers a vast array of issues in African literature, proposes concrete ideas for the classroom, while it also participates in current scholarly discussions. . . . Desai's edited volume encourages a more sensitive reading of African literature by considering its colonial history and its present multiculturalism at the same time. We can only agree with Simon Gikandi when he considers this book as an essential tool for teachers of African literature. It is, we might add, a must-have not only for these teachers but also for any humanities program, and language and literature departments, and it will tremendously enrich anyone's understanding of African literature."
—Caroline Beschea-Fache, Rocky Mountain Review
"This is an important book, one that is going to become an indispensable theoretical and practical guide for teachers of the African novel and indeed of African literature in general."—Simon Gikandi, Princeton University
"A must-have. . . . [I]t will tremendously enrich anyone's understanding of African literature."—Caroline Beschea-Fache, Davidson College
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