This collection of essays aims at introducing students of African literature to the heritage of the African prose narrative starting from its oral base and covering its linguistic and cultural diversity. The book brings together essays on both the classics and the relatively new in all subgenres of the African prose narrative, including the traditional epic, the novel, the short story, and the autobiography. The chapters are arranged according to the respective thematic paradigms under which the discussed works fall.
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Lokangaka Losambe is an associate professor and head of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. He previously taught African and African diaspora literature at universities in Zaire, Nigeria, and Swaziland. He has published several essays on African literature and is currently working on a book on African writers and the discourse of otherness.Review:
...a refreshing and thought-provoking collection of essays that are foundational and diversified in themes, innovative in organization and style... -- Tom Spencer-Walters, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Department
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