The African Palimpsest: Indigenization of Language in the West African Europhone Novel. Second Enlarged Edition (Cross/Cultures 4 2nd New edition)

The African Palimpsest: Indigenization of Language in the West African Europhone Novel. Second Enlarged Edition (Cross/Cultures 4 2nd New edition)

By: Chantal Zabus (author)Paperback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks

Description

Uniting a sense of the political dimensions of language appropriation with a serious, yet accessible linguistic terminology, The African Palimpsest examines the strategies of `indigenization' whereby West African writers have made their literary English or French distinctively `African'. Through the apt metaphor of the palimpsest - a surface that has been written on, written over, partially erased and written over again - the book examines such well-known West African writers as Achebe, Armah, Ekwensi, Kourouma, Okara, Saro-Wiwa, Soyinka and Tutuola as well as lesser-known writers from francophone and anglophone Africa. Providing a great variety of case-studies in Nigerian Pidgin, Akan, Igbo, Maninka, Yoruba, Wolof and other African languages, the book also clarifies the vital interface between Europhone African writing and the new outlets for African artistic expression in (auto-)translation, broadcast television, radio and film.

About Author

CHANTAL ZABUS is Professor of British and Postcolonial Literatures at the University Paris 13. She is the author of Tempests after Shakespeare (2002) and Between Rites and Rights: Excision in Women's Texts and Human Contexts (2007). She has edited Le Secret: Motif et moteur de la litterature (with Jacques Derrida, 1999); Changements au feminin en Afrique noire (2000), and Fearful Symmetries: Essays and Testimonies Around Excision and Circumcision (2008).

Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. (M)Other Tongue and the Third Code 2. Glottopolitics and Diglossia in West Africa 3. Pidginization and Multilingual Strategies 4. The West African Palimpsest: Case-Studies in Relexification 5. The Visible Trace and Beyond 6. Towards Othering the Foreign Language Works Cited Appendix: Tables and Figures Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789042022249
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 261
  • ID: 9789042022249
  • weight: 0
  • ISBN10: 9042022248
  • edition: 2nd New edition

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close