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  • Updated Aug 23, 2020

    WHAT IS AFRICAN LITERATURE?

    African literature refers to literature of and from Africa.
    This literature can be written by Africans themselves or people with origins different from that of Africans

    Africans do not radically separate art from teaching.
    Rather than write or sing for beauty in itself, African writers, taking their cue from oral literature, use beauty to help communicate important truths and information to society

    Themes discussed include:
    colonialism; liberation; nationalism; tradition; displacement and rootlessness.


    AUTHOURS & POETS

    • Ngugi wa Thiong鈥檕 馃嚢馃嚜
    • Alain Mabanckou 馃嚚馃嚞
    • Abdourahman A. Waberi 馃嚛馃嚡
    • Nuruddin Farah 馃嚫馃嚧
    • Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi 馃嚭馃嚞
    • Chinua Achebe 馃嚦馃嚞
    • Wole Soyinka 馃嚦馃嚞
    • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 馃嚦馃嚞
    • Ayi Kwei Armah 馃嚞馃嚟
    • Tsitsi Dangarembga 馃嚳馃嚰
    • Bessie Head 馃嚳馃嚘
    • Athol Fugard 馃嚳馃嚘

    ESSENTIAL READS


    NEW BOOKS (2010-2020)

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    Useful Links

    A 2020 (African) Literary Calendar

    More 2020 Books


    Share your faves and recs itt!

    ~ editing op! ~

  • Aug 15, 2020

    cleansing the thread with my heroes
    must watch interview!

  • Aug 16, 2020

    things fall apart one of the few books i liked from high school

  • Aug 16, 2020

    So long a letter by Mariama Ba
    Half of a yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    The River Between by Ngugi Wa Thion'go

  • Aug 16, 2020

    big fan of this account

  • Aug 16, 2020
    1 reply

    Thank you, OP.

  • Aug 16, 2020
    The Artist

    Thank you, OP.

    my pleasure gotta represent

  • Aug 16, 2020
    1 reply

    OP this one too

  • Aug 16, 2020
    1 reply

    Born in Rhodesia , studied in South Africa

  • Aug 16, 2020

    Amazing thread

  • Aug 16, 2020
    Ronald_Vegan

    OP this one too

    this looks amazing 馃槏 good looking out bruh 馃檹馃従

  • Aug 16, 2020

    Read Things Fall Apart earlier this year, amazing

  • Aug 17, 2020

    Goat

  • Aug 21, 2020

    Nuruddin Farah (Somalia)

  • Aug 21, 2020

    in. need to get back into reading

  • Aug 21, 2020

    Season of Migration to the North by Tayib Salih is a must read

  • Aug 23, 2020

    new books added to OP! 馃檶馃従

  • Aug 23, 2020
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    'Biko' by Donald Woods is also an essential read!

  • Aug 25, 2020
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    soupy

    'Biko' by Donald Woods is also an essential read!

    Nonfiction included itt too?

    Added to my to read list.

  • Aug 25, 2020
    Mulder

    Nonfiction included itt too?

    Added to my to read list.

    yea nonfiction welcome 馃槉

  • Aug 25, 2020

    ISBN: 9780099281498 (336 pages)

    ^^ if you wanna see and learn more about the bloody final days of Apartheid South Africa

  • Aug 31, 2020
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    a comprehensive list of African writers and useful tool to discover more content!

    ISBN: 9780821418437 (320 pages)

    CONTENTS
    Publishing and selling the African Writers Series
    The African Writers Series Portfolio & George Hallett鈥檚 covers
    Main dates for the African Writers Series

    INTRODUCTION: The establishment of African Literature
    Publishing Chinua Achebe

    1. WRITERS FROM WEST AFRICA
    Nigeria: The country where so much started
    Negritude from Senegal to Cameroun
    Magic & realism from Ghana, The Gambia & Sierra Leone

    2. WRITERS FROM EASTERN AFRICA
    Towards the oral & the popular in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania
    Publishing Ngugi

    3. WRITERS FROM THE HORN & NORTH-EASTERN AFRICA
    Emperors in Ethiopia
    Publishing Nuruddin Farah
    Arab authors in Egypt & Sudan

    4. WRITERS FROM SOUTH AFRICA
    Resistance in South Africa
    Publishing Alex la Guma
    Publishing Dennis Brutus
    Publishing Bessie Head
    Publishing Masizi Kunene

    5. WRITERS FROM SOUTHERN AFRICAN
    Guns & Guerrillas in Mozambique &Angola
    Zambia Shall be Free
    Death & detention in Malawi
    The struggle to become Zimbabwe
    Publishing Dambudzo Marechera

    CONCLUSION: Is there still a role for the African Writers Series?

  • Sep 8, 2020
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    ISBN: 9780394402451 (352 pages)

    This book makes it possible for us to see clearly the unmistakable face and handprint of Black Africans in Pre-Columbian America, and their overwhelming impact on the civilization they found here.

  • Sep 8, 2020

    I just ordered that book ^^

  • Sep 8, 2020
    3 replies

    has anyone itt read Purple Hibiscus?

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