Posts Tagged: African literature

“Language Orthodoxy,” the Adichie Wars, and Western Feminism’s Enduring Myopia

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Adichie is far more significant than her accusers seem to know. ...more

Writing to Live

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Nigerian author Ben Okri reflected on his prize-winning novel, The Famished Road (1991), in the Guardian, saying that he wrote it to find reasons to live. The book, he writes, drew heavily from strange stories his mother told him and his father’s intrinsically African philosophies:

The novel was drawn from a half-glimpsed world, and it was fading fast from reality.

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“Black to the Future”

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Black to the future was/is a radical, dangerous, and daring dream—an impossibility. Science fiction and fantasy (sf&f) is a rehearsal of the impossible, an ideal realm for redefinition and reinvention. For Africans and their descendants in the diaspora, decolonizing our mind/body/spirits was/is an on-going sf&f project.

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African Literature in African Languages

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The BBC’s Gavin Esler conducted a brief but thought-provoking interview with Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

Whereas Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie declares she has “taken ownership of English,” Thiong’o balks at the idea of enriching only English-language literature at the expense of literature in languages like Igbo or Luo: “Can you or anybody else imagine French literature in Zulu?”

The blog Dynamic Africa has some short, interesting posts on the subject here and here.

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