Engaging and interrogating the idea of a ‘Global Africa’, this book examines how African literary and cultural productions have changed over the years due to the social and political influences brought about by increased globalisation. Tanure Ojaide takes a variety of European theoretical concepts and applies these to African literature, oral traditions, culture, sexuality, political leadership, environmentalism, and advocacy, demonstrating the universality of the African experience.
Challenging African literary artists and scholars to think creatively about the future of the culture and literature, this new collection of literary and cultural criticism from scholar-writer Tanure Ojaide is an essential read for students and scholars of African literature and culture.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Background;
2. John Barth and Modern African Literature: Exhaustion and Replenishment;
3. Michel Foucault and the Urhobo Udje Oral Poetic Tradition: Madness, Power, and Resistance;
4. Losing Cultural Ground in the Global Space: Africa’s Profit and Loss in Globalization;
5. Environmentalism in African Literature: Origins and Development;
6. Love, Sex, and Sexuality in African Folklore and Literature;
7. African Literature of Advocacy;
8. The New Orality in Contemporary African Literature;
9. The Present in the Everlasting: Overcoming Contemporaneity in African Poetry;
10. Literature and Political Leadership in Africa;
11. Theorizing Modern/Contemporary African Literature;
12. Conclusion: Towards a New African Literature in a Global Age.
Tanure Ojaide is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of Africana Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. He has published nineteen poetry collections, four novels, three short story collections, two memoirs and six scholarly books.