Spain’s in basic terms former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom within which authors think of their id in the context of contemporary colonialism and dictatorship.
An creation to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length severe research of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction. either resident and exiled authors provide insights into the influence of colonialism and dictatorship less than Spanish rule and examine the end result of “independence” lower than the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. analyzing those works from the viewpoint of postcolonial thought, Marvin A. Lewis indicates how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and eu cultures and replicate a dictatorship that produced poverty, distress, and oppression. He assesses with specific care the influence of the Macías reafricanization approach and its manifestations in literature.
In displaying how the perspectives of the kingdom correspond and diverge in works of writers akin to Maria Nsue Angue, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Lewis brings to gentle artists who articulate their matters in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In reading the works of either well known and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic background, the parable of Bantu cohesion, “bonding in adversity” throughout the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.
Lewis presents an available advent to the paintings of vital writers in a brand new quarter of literary examine and comprises the main exhaustive and up to date bibliography to be had at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our knowing of African literature and should be the bedrock for destiny stories of this Hispanic nook of Africa.
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