The Language of African Literature

By: Epstein, Edmund L, Kole, Robert

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African literature written in English is not only a literature of great variety and power -- it is also a literature of world importance, entitled to the most detailed and advanced linguistic and stylistic analysis. The essays gathered together in this book meet that demand by scrutinizing the language structures and narrative conventions used by some of the most prominent authors on the continent, including Camara Laye (Guinea), Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), R. Mungo Gatheru (Kenya), Ezekiel Mphahele and Peter Abrahams (South Africa); Chinua Achebe, James P. Clark, D.O.Fagunwa, and Amos Tutuola (West Africa); and Okot p'Bitek and Taban 1o Liyong (East Africa). In this unprecedented anthology, some of the most prolific and widely-read African novelists are analyzed -- by some of the most advanced African linguists -- from two divergent but mutually illuminating perspectives: (1) a sophisticated linguistic and cultural analysis of their works as world-class literary products; and (2) a "cross-cultural" analysis of the rich influence of one (or more) of the over 3,000 indigenous African languages on the English-language writing style of these indigenous African authors. This collection of articles, all of which were originally published in Language and Style: An International Journal, should prove a major contribution to the study of "anglophone" African literature.

Title: The Language of African Literature

Author Name: Epstein, Edmund L, Kole, Robert

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Africa World Pr: 1998-06-01 00:00:00.000

ISBN Number: 0865435359

ISBN Number 13: 9780865435353

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used - Good

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