By Simon Gikandi
The Columbia advisor to East African Literature in English for the reason that 1945 demanding situations the normal trust that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are constrained to the previous British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. as a substitute, those traditions stretch some distance into such neighboring international locations as Somalia and Ethiopia.
Simon Gikandi and Evan Mwangi gather a very inclusive record of significant writers and traits. they start with a chronology of key ancient occasions and an outline of the emergence and transformation of literary tradition within the sector. Then they supply an alphabetical record of significant writers and short descriptions in their matters and achievements.
Some of the writers mentioned contain the Kenyan novelists Grace Ogot and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ugandan poet and essayist Taban Lo Liyong, Ethiopian playwright and poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Tanzanian novelist and diplomat Peter Palangyo, Ethiopian novelist Berhane Mariam Sahle-Sellassie, and the novelist M. G. Vassanji, who portrays the Indian diaspora in Africa, Europe, and North the US.
Separate entries inside this record describe thematic matters, comparable to colonialism, decolonization, the black aesthetic, and the language query; the expansion of genres like autobiography and well known literature; very important pursuits like cultural nationalism and feminism; and the influence of significant forces corresponding to AIDS/HIV, Christian missions, and urbanization.
Comprehensive and richly unique, this consultant bargains a clean point of view at the position of East Africa within the improvement of African and global literature in English and a brand new figuring out of the ancient, cultural, and geopolitical barriers of the region.
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