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Childhood in African literature : a review

Author: Eldred D Jones; Marjorie Jones, (Fashion designer); Simon Gikandi; James Gibbs
Publisher: Oxford : James Currey ; Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press, 1998.
Series: African literature today, 21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"African authors have consistently returned to childhood to find their personal as well as their racial roots. Far from being merely nostalgic yearnings for a lost paradise, many of the treatments of childhood as shown in articles in this issue have exposed a grim reality of cruelty, harshness, parental (particularly paternal) egocentrism and extraordinary bruisings of the vulnerable child psyche. Camara Laye may  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eldred D Jones; Marjorie Jones, (Fashion designer); Simon Gikandi; James Gibbs
ISBN: 0852555210 9780852555217 086543672X 9780865436725 0865436738 9780865436732
OCLC Number: 40563044
Description: vi, 150 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Editorial article. Childhood before & after birth / Eldred D. Jones --
Articles. Carving a niche : visions of gendered childhood in Buchi Emecheta's The bride price, & Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous conditions / Pauline Ada Uwakweh --
Gender issues in Zaynab Alkali's novels / Adetayo Alabi --
Childhood in African literature : a literary perspective / Maxwell Okolie --
'Beloved pawns' : the childhood experience in the novels of Chinua Achebe & Mongo Beti / N.F. Inyama --
The symbolic concept of childhood in Chukwuemeka Ike's The potter's wheel & The bottled leopard / Ezenwa-Ohaeto --
Aspects of language in African literary autobiography / Tony E. Afejuku --
'While she watered the morning glories' : evaluating the literary achievement of Gcina Mhlophe / Devarakshanam Betty Govinden --
Childhood à la Camara Laye & childhood à la Mongo Beti / E.P. Abanime --
Absence of conflict in maturation in The African child / G.N. Marete --
Trapped childhood : a study of Athol Fugard's Cousins & Isaac Mogotsi's The Alexandra tales / Lekan Oyegoke --
Reviews. Jamal Mahjoub's In the hour of signs; & Evelyne Accad's Wounding words: ' a woman's journal in Tunisia' --
Ken Saro-Wiwa's Prisoner of Jebs; Pita Dumbrok's prison; Lemona's Tale; & A month & a day: a detention diary --
Ulysses Chuka II's For the fairest; Lilian Tindyebwa's Recipe for disaster; Timothy Wangusa's A pattern of dust; and Goretti Kyomuhendo's The first daughter --
Ayi Kwei Armah's Osiris rising --
Peter Slingsby's The joining --
Eckhard Breitinger, (ed.) Defining new idioms & alternative forms of expression; Peter O. Stummer & Christopher Balme (eds) Fusion of cultures; & Albert Gérard's Afrique plurielle. Etudes de littérature comparée --
Régis Fanchette's A private journey. . . itinéraire privé,
Series Title: African literature today, 21.
Responsibility: editor, Eldred Durosimi Jones ; assistant editor, Marjorie Jones ; associated editors, Simon Gikandi [and others] ; reviews editor, James Gibbs.

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