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African Histories and Modernities

Remapping African Literature

Authors: Ibironke, Olabode

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  • Challenges current approaches to African book history by setting up a dialogue between literary production and the texts themselves
  • Covers previously unexamined material from the African Writers Series
  • Provides an interdisciplinary study of African literature and history
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About this book

This book is an exploration of the material conditions of the production of African literature. Drawing on the archives of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, it highlights the procedures, relationships, demands, ideologies, and counterpressures engendered by the publication of three major authors: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiongo. As a study of the history and techniques of African literary texts, this book advances a theory of reciprocity of effects - what it terms 'auto-heteronomy' - to describe the dynamic of formalist activism by which texts anticipate and shape the forces of literary production in advance. It serves as a departure from the 'death of the author' thesis by reconsidering the role of the author in African literature and culture industry, as well as the influence of African publics on writers’ aesthetic choices, and on the overall processes of production. This work is a major contribution to African literary history, literary criticism, and book history.

About the authors

Olabode Ibironke is Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, USA.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ibironke, Olabode

    Pages 1-20

  • The Commonwealth Impresario

    Ibironke, Olabode

    Pages 21-52

  • The Literary Scramble for Africa: Selection and the Practice of Hierarchies

    Ibironke, Olabode

    Pages 53-87

  • The Seeds of the Series: Chinua Achebe and the Educational Publisher

    Ibironke, Olabode

    Pages 89-184

  • Wole Soyinka: The Pan-African Literary Practice

    Ibironke, Olabode

    Pages 185-234

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69296-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69295-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remapping African Literature
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69296-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69296-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69295-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 333
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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