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African Histories and Modernities

Remapping African Literature

Authors: Ibironke, Olabode

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  • Challenges current approaches to African book history by setting up a dialogue between literary production and the texts themselves
  • Covers previously unexamined material from the African Writers Series
  • Provides an interdisciplinary study of African literature and history
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This book is an exploration of the material conditions of the production of African literature. Drawing on the archives of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, it highlights the procedures, relationships, demands, ideologies, and counterpressures engendered by the publication of three major authors: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiongo. As a study of the history and techniques of African literary texts, this book advances a theory of reciprocity of effects - what it terms 'auto-heteronomy' - to describe the dynamic of formalist activism by which texts anticipate and shape the forces of literary production in advance. It serves as a departure from the 'death of the author' thesis by reconsidering the role of the author in African literature and culture industry, as well as the influence of African publics on writers’ aesthetic choices, and on the overall processes of production. This work is a major contribution to African literary history, literary criticism, and book history.

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Olabode Ibironke is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, USA.

Reviews

“What is exciting about Ibironke’s approach, and is something shared by Wa Ngugi, is that, refreshingly, these publishing histories are integrally linked to literary analysis and used to open up new close readings of African literary texts. Another strength of the study is in its dialectical approach to cartography and knowledge production … .” (Kate Wallis, Wasafiri, Vol. 34 (3), 2019)
“Remapping African Literature makes a significant contribution to the decolonizing discourse in African literature … . It is noteworthy that this observation of the dialectical relation of authorial decolonizing responses reproduced in the process of constraining imperial schemes remains a valid entry-point for a wide range of postcolonial literary experiences.” (Henry Obi Ajumeze, African Studies Review, Vol. 62 (3), September, 2019)

“Given the astounding amount of intellectual labour expended and the remarkable historiographic and archival nous displayed in the book, Remapping African Literature recommends itself to both the expert and the neophyte in the burgeoning field of African literature, both in its creative and critical spheres.” (Chris Anyokwu, The Nation, thenationonlineng.net, July 20, 2019)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remapping African Literature
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69296-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69296-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69295-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09881-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 336
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