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Africa's hidden histories : everyday literacy and making the self

Africa's hidden histories : everyday literacy and making the self

Author: Karin Barber
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, ©2006.
Series: African expressive cultures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
'Africa's Hidden Histories' takes a private and personal look into the world of everyday Africans, as they put pen to paper. As it explores the innovative, intense, and sociable interest in reading and writing, the text opens new avenues for understanding a rich and hidden history of Africa's creative expression.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karin Barber
ISBN: 0253347297 9780253347299 0253218438 9780253218438
OCLC Number: 62136788
Description: x, 451 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "My own life" : A.K. Boakye Yiadom's autobiography --
the writing and subjectivity of a Ghanaian teacher-catechist / Stephan F. Miescher --
"What is our intelligence, our school going and our reading of books without getting money?" : Akinpelu Obisesan and his diary / Ruth Watson --
The letters of Louisa Mvemve / Catherine Burns --
Ekukhanyeni letter-writers : a historical inquiry into epistolary network(s) and political imagination in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa / Vukile Khumalo --
Reasons for writing : African working-class letter-writing in early-twentieth-century South Africa / Keith Breckenridge --
Keeping a diary of visions : Lazarus Phelalasekhaya Maphumulo and the Edendale congregation of AmaNazaretha / Liz Gunner --
Schoolgirl pregnancies, letter-writing, and "modern" persons in late colonial East Africa / Lynn M. Thomas --
Entering the territory of elites : literary activity in colonial Ghana / Stephanie Newell --
The Bantu world and the world of the book : reading, writing, and "enlightenment" / Bhekizizwe Peterson --
Reading debating/debating reading : the case of the Lovedale Literary Society, or why Mandela quotes Shakespeare / Isabel Hofmeyr --
"The present battle is the brain battle" : writing and publishing a Kikuyu newspaper in the pre-Mau Mau period in Kenya / Bodil Folke Frederiksen --
Public but private : a transformational reading of the memoirs and newspaper writings of Mercy Ffoulkes-Crabbe / Audrey Gadzekpo --
Writing, reading, and printing death : obituaries and commemoration in Asante / T.C. McCaskie --
Writing, genre, and a schoolmaster's inventions in the Yoruba provinces / Karin Barber --
Innovation and persistence : literary circles, new opportunities, and continuing debates in Hausa literary production / Graham Furniss.
Series Title: African expressive cultures.
Responsibility: edited by Karin Barber.
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Colonial Africa saw an explosion of writing and printing. This book considers the profusion of literary culture, the propensity to collect and archive text, and the significance attached to reading  Read more...


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. . . the authors - remarkably - have made a long and tortuous story short and simple without smothering the complexities. Their grasp of the various intellectual themes is impressive, so is their Read more...

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