African Histories and Modernities

Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature

Memories and Futures Past

Authors: Ouma, Christopher

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  • Takes an original approach by analysing the use of the idea of childhood by contemporary writers
    Opens up the textual archive of African literature
    Examines a range of widely-read and studied African novels

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This book examines the representation of figures, memories and images of childhood in selected contemporary diasporic African fiction by Adichie, Abani, Wainaina and Oyeyemi. The book argues that childhood is a key framework for thinking about contemporary African and African Diasporic identities. It argues that through the privileging of childhood memory, alternative conceptions of time emerge in this literature, and which allow African writers to re-imagine what family, ethnicity, nation means within the new spaces of diaspora that a majority of them occupy. The book therefore looks at the connections between childhood, space, time and memory, childhood gender and sexuality, childhoods in contexts of war, as well as migrant childhoods. These dimensions of childhood particularly relate to the return of the memory of Biafra, the figures of child soldiers, memories of growing up in Cold War Africa, queer boyhoods/sonhood as well as experiences of migration within Africa, North America and Europe. 

About the authors

Christopher E W Ouma is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD from the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. Christopher has co-edited The Spoken Word project: Stories Travelling Through Africa. He is also currently editor of Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies.

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“A very detailed historiography of childhood in African literature. … The book is not only an important addition to African literary childhood scholarship, it is also a much-needed contribution to memory studies in and on Africa. … Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature: Memories and Futures Past is an important work; it is an excellent addition to African literary scholarship.” (Sakiru Adebayo, Research in African Literatures, Vol. 51 (2), 2020)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Childhood in Contemporary Diasporic African Literature
Book Subtitle
Memories and Futures Past
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36256-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36256-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36255-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-36258-4
Series ISSN
2634-5773
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 202
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