The Journal of African Literature [JAL] 7

 

THIS edition of 2010 Journal of African Literature marks our quest further through an all-expansive African heritage in and beyond regional or national groupings. It is built upon theoretical frameworks of Black cultural nationalism as an ideally consistent element of contemporary African-centred modernity.

 

 

Across Borders is an attempt to commit the process of African integration in Postcoloniality and Postmodernity to the exploration of perspectives on Black Identities in contemporary writings and the interaction of cultural expressions beyond the borders of Africa and across the Atlantic.

 

 

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Our featured scholars, researchers and theoretical exponents in their studies of new and existing literatures have exhibited knowledgeableness about how the African experience of modernity associated with a Western paradigm is fraught with corruption and tensions at various political, social, economic and psychological levels of African communal and individual existence, and its possible remediation through an imaginative articulation of the greater unity and higher prospects in the diversities, hybridity and fusions that are embedded in the external and subjective realities of the black world. This is African literature at its best artistic engagement.

 

 

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Journal of African Literature and Culture 7  Charles SMITH (Ed)  IRCALC, 2010 206 p.

ISBN: 9-789-7835-0341-0  Cover Design: Zito Brown

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Art Across Borders

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1. FORUM ESSAY

 

JAMES A. PORTER

 

The Trans-Cultural Affinities of African Art

 

Africa speaks again through the complex variety of Negro art testifying to two significant phenomena: first, that art is indeed a language; and second, that while black Africa may be understood by only a small part of the world through the medium of her native tongues, she has yet moved the world through the language of art.

 

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2. ACROSS BORDERS

 

ANJALI GERA ROY

“Global flows”: Ethnographic studies of the Hindi Movie in Africa

 

The celebration of Bollywood as a culture of globalization to illustrate the reverse flows from the non-west to the west is juxtaposed against the long history of transnationalization through which Hindi cinematic texts were incorporated into African cultural practices to assume African ethnic or national identities.

 

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ROSETTA CODLING

 

African spaces in European places: Aminatta Forna’s Ancestor Stones and Donato Ndongo’s Shadows of Your Black Memory

 

The very genre of the African novel serves to disembowel colonist, literary tendencies and philosophies and assume an independent position in the landscape of World Literature. Ancestor Stones and Shadows of Your Black Memory are among the upcoming works that adhere to the formula of the African, not Western, novel. And the characters Forna and Ndongo attest to the survival of ancestral, ontological identities that can only be attributed an ‘African literary’ antecedent that defies the usurpation of Modernity.

 

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MARLENE DE LA CRUZ-GUZMÁN

 

Bi-living, Time and Space: LeAnne Howe's Shell Shaker and Chin Ce's The Visitor

 

Here in both novels the colonial grand narrative of the African or Red Indian savage in need of European civilization, the post-modernist counter-narrative of a liberated post-independence failure, and the indigenous postcolonial-or rather beyond-colonial-narrative of ancestral oversight can all be processed together so that the interconnections and the understanding of indigeneity, denigrating western mythology about it, and its potential application for positive change can be seen clearly in this borderland.

 

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SHIRLEY J. CARRIE

 

“Genealogies of the Spirit”: Ancestral Reclamation in the dramas of August Wilson

 

Contemporary Black intellectuals and artists like August Wilson often signify the historical dispersal of peoples of African descent in a redemptive narrative that suggests that diasporic body can be re-born through the restoration of the dead. More importantly, the commemoration of the ancestor figure anchors the diasporic subject to their own uncertain present by enabling them to redeem the past. This cultural reclamation of an African origin and/or roots is often tied to the solemn remembrance of the Ancestor.

 

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3. IDENTITY ISSUES

 

SMITA JHA

 

Crisis of Identity in Chinua Achebe's A Man of the People

 

Achebe’s  search  for  innate  human  qualities  takes  an  ironic  manifestation  in  A  Man  of  The  People  wherein  he  portrays  two  well-rounded  characters  immersed  in  their own   rationale of success and achievement  and proves that western cultural invasion together with the infiltration of material luxuries poses a serious threat to tribal African values and amidst such confusion the society loses its way.

 

 

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DIVINE NEBA CHE

 

Ayi Kwei Armah: Provincialising Old Centres and Remaking the African Myth

 

Ayi Kwei Armah, using revisionist mythology in his novel Osiris Rising, proceeds by resuscitating the African past as a means of restoring lost African values. This process of resuscitation, recycling and integration will not totally erase previously assimilated values, for Africa owes a debt to the modern nation states and vice versa, but aims to bring into limelight what has been rejected or ignored for centuries: the ancient Egyptian myth of Osiris and Isis and the building of the image of a vibrant Africa via literature.

 

 

 

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ALEXANDRA UZOAKU ESIMAJE

Igbo Cultural Representations in Female Fictional Contexts: Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emecheta

In many early West-African novels, female characters play almost no significant part, due largely to cultural influences. Nigerian female writers like Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emecheta, are resolute in their rejection and reversal of the negative characterization of women and on the reorienting of cultural issues. Both showcase the same traditional Igbo culture which several male writers have previously dealt with in their works but introduce a new dimension in their re-treatment of Igbo marriage customs.

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4. LITERARY CHAT

 

OBITABA ERAGUONONA JAMES

 

Entretien avec Sembene Ousmane

[Discussion with Sembene Ousmane]

 

L’interview porte sur le rôle des mendiants dans Xala. Toutes les incorrections qu’il peut y avoir dans cette transcription  doivent  lui  être reprochées.

[This interview with Sembene Ousmane was held in Dakar, Senegal before his death in June 2007 and relates to the role of the beggars in Sembene’s popular novel Xala.]

 

 

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