Challenging hierarchies : issues and themes in colonial and postcolonial African literature / [edited by] Leonard A. Podis and Yakubu Saaka

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Subjects: African literature--History and criticism
African literature (English)--History and criticism
Achebe, Chinua--Criticism and interpretation
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : P. Lang, 1998
Series: Society and politics in Africa vol. 5
LC Classification: P, PL
Physical Description: xiii, 326 p. ; 23 cm
Table of Contents: Preface
Introduction: Challenging Hierarchies 1
I. The African Woman Writer as "Killjoy": Understanding Her Challenge(s) 11
Literature, Feminism, and the African Woman Today / Ama Ata Aidoo 15
The Woman Artist in Africa Today: A Critical Commentary / Micere Mugo 37
The South End of a North-South Writers' Dialogue: Two Letters from a Postcolonial Feminist "Exmatriate" / Micere Mugo 63
The Genesis of "Male-ing Names in the Sun" / Ama Ata Aidoo 85
Male-ing Names in the Sun / Ama Ata Aidoo 87
Beside Every Good Woman Was a Good Man / Vincent O. Odamtten 99
II. A Critical Debate on Achebe's Depiction of Women 109
From Stereotype to Individuality: Womanhood in Chinua Achebe's Novels / Chioma Opara 113
Achebe's Women: Mothers, Priestesses, and Young Urban Professionals / Catherine Bicknell 125
Gender Relations and Critical Mediation: From Things Fall Apart to Anthills of the Savannah / Obioma Nnaemeka 137
III. Eurocentric Challenges to Colonialism: Reexamining the Role of Imperialist Literature 161
Criticizing the Critic: Achebe on Conrad / Olusegun Adekoya 165
Narrative Distancing and the (De)Construction of Imperialist Consciousness in "The Man Who Would Be King" and Heart of Darkness / Leonard A. Podis 179
IV. Afrocentric Challenges to Colonial and Postcolonial Hegemony 199
Nationalism and Pan-Africanism in Ghanaian Writing: The Examples of Ottobah Cugoano, Joseph E. Casely-Hayford, and Ayi Kwei Armah / Chris Kwame Awuyah 203
IntroBlues: A Poetic Voyage into SoulTime / Kofi Anyidoho 231
Sojourners in the Lands of Former Colonizers / Vincent O. Odamtten 247
Representations of Cultural Ambivalence: The Portrayal of Sons and Daughters in Postcolonial African Literature / Yakubu Saaka, Leonard A. Podis 263
V. Envisioning Successful Challenges: Shapes of the New Order 289
Anthills of the Savannah and Petals of Blood: The Creation of a Usable Past / Leonard A. Podis, Yakubu Saaka 291
Marginality as the Third Term: A Reading of Kane's Ambiguous Adventure / Obioma Nnaemeka 311
Notes on Contributors 325
Additional Authors: Podis, Leonard A
Saaka, Yakubu
Notes: LCCN: 97014652
ISBN: 0820437107
Includes bibliographical references and index
Partial contents: The African woman writer as "killjoy" -- A critical debate on Achebe's depiction of women -- Eurocentric challenges to colonialsim -- Afrocentric challenges to colonial and postcolonial hegemony -- Envisioning successful challenges
OCLC Number: 36892702
ISBN/ISSN: 0820437107