What is the African novel, and how should it be taught? The twenty-three essays of this volume address these two questions and in the process convey a wealth of information and ideas about the diverse regions, peoples, nations, languages, and writers of the African continent.The volume editor, Gaurav Desai, writes, "The point of the volume is to encourage a reading of Africa that is sensitive to its history of colonization but at the same time responsive to its present multiracial and multicultural condition.
Guarav Desai is chair of the Department of English at Tulane University and has served as codirector of its African and African Diaspora Studies Program. He is the author of Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library (2001) and has coedited Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory (2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Cultural Critique, Genders, Research in African Literatures, and Representations.