Encyclopedia of African Literature by Simon Gikandi

By Simon Gikandi

The main accomplished reference paintings on African literature so far, this booklet covers the entire key historic and cultural matters within the box. The Encyclopedia includes over six hundred entries masking feedback and thought, African literature's improvement as a box of scholarship, and stories of confirmed and lesser-known writers and their texts. whereas the best percentage of literary paintings in Africa has been a made from the 20 th century, the Encyclopedia additionally covers the literature again to the earliest eras of story-telling and oral transmission, making this a special and useful source for these learning social sciences in addition to humanities. This paintings comprises cross-references, feedback for additional examining, and a finished index.

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In 1989, Adiaffi published her second novel, La Ligne brisée (The Broken Line), which follows the fortunes and misfortunes of a man named Sonanfe after his village banishes him because of his chronic bad luck. Adiaffi worked for Nouvelles Éditions Africaines until just before her death, in 1995 in Abidjan. MEREDITH MARTIN Adiaffi, Jean-Marie b. 1941, Bettié, Côte d’Ivoire writer The Ivorian writer Jean-Marie Adiaffi claims to be the product of two literary traditions: the post-modern West and the African oral tradition (see oral literature and performance).

The novel featured a fearsome Berber matriarch ruling over an extended family in the throes of cultural and religious dislocation. She reverted to Taos for two more works, L’Amant imaginaire (The Imaginary Lover), whose narrator in her thirties, is a writer and ethno-musicologist, and Solitudes ma mère (Solitude, My Mother), whose narrator is in her forties and a performer. This nominal slippage was but one symptom of the conflicted quest that would mark both her life and her art, her often expressed conviction, whether in interviews or in her writings, that she felt at home nowhere, could find solace with no one: “whether among Moslems or French, I am always the only one of my kind” (Tambourins, 1960: Paris).

Most significantly, although most of Adamou’s work is in French, his first collection of poetry contains ten poems written in the Zarma language. This collection highlights the importance of literary production in national languages in Africa and provides a model and method for the production of this kind of literature. His novel La Camisole de paille (The Straw Camisole) was published in 1987. The work describes the difficulties of the confrontation of traditional and modern values, and uses its female main character to embody and symbolize the values of independent Niger.

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