Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 May 2012

304 Pages | 5 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719064944

Bookseller Code (06)


African Pasts

Memory and History in African Literatures

Tim Woods

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Examines African literatures in English since the end of colonialism, investigating how they represents African history through the twin matrices of memory and trauma
  • Deals with literature in the era of apartheid, the post-apartheid aftermath, metafictional experiments in African fiction, gender representation in reaction to the trauma of colonialism, and 'imprisonment narratives'
  • Covers a wide range of African literatures (drawn from West, East and Southern Africa) and a cross-section of genres - fiction, poetry, prison-narratives, postcolonial theory
  • Discusses such well known writers as Soyinka, Coetzee, Ngugi, and Achebe, and more recent writers such as Nuruddin Farah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Achmat Dangor, Etienne van Heerden, Zakes Mda, Gillian Slovo and Calixthe Beyala

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