Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward

Intertextuality in Contemporary African Literature: Looking Inward

By: Ode Ogede (author)Hardback

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This book is a study in African literary influence. It focuses on the importance of indigenous sources to new writing. The analytical framework for the study draws on recent conceptual advances in theories of authorship. Juxtaposing works and authors that are traditionally thought to be unlikely bedfellows, the book persuasively identifies their hitherto unexamined points of contact, opening up a vigorous debate about the roots of African literature and offering a radical critique of the assumptions underlying conventional notions of African literature. The book provides valuable insight on the roles of such activities as appropriation, copying, pastiche, parody, simulation, foraging, grafting, padding, recycling, and remodeling in underwriting literary expression in Africa. Alive with wit and full of delight in the texts it discusses, it is a marvel of close and attentive, detective reading.

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Ode Ogede is professor in the Department of English and Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1. When an Elephant Rustles the Bush ... Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Is a Picture Still Worth a Thousand Words? From Documentary to Investigative Realism: Cyprian Ekwensi's Jagua Nana and Flora Nwapa's One is Enough Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Lampoon, or the Power of Savage Satire, and the Visual Object of Distaste: Chinua Achebe's A Man of the People and Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Chapter 5 Chapter 4. On the Politics of Love: Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease and Bessie Head's Maru Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Masking the Infrastuctural Frame: Christopher Okigbo and his Acolytes (Labyrinths' Aural and Thematic Echoes in Okinba Launko's Minted Coins and Chimalum Nwankwo's The Heart in the Womb) Chapter 7 Conclusion. Coming out of Shadow: Eye on the Tradition, Looking for Consequence

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780739164464
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780739164464
  • weight: 526
  • ISBN10: 0739164465

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