By Simon Gikandi
The Columbia advisor to East African Literature in English when you consider that 1945 demanding situations the normal trust that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are limited to the previous British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. as a substitute, those traditions stretch a ways into such neighboring nations as Somalia and Ethiopia.
Simon Gikandi and Evan Mwangi gather a very inclusive record of significant writers and tendencies. they start with a chronology of key old occasions and an summary of the emergence and transformation of literary tradition within the sector. Then they supply an alphabetical checklist of significant writers and short descriptions in their issues 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 United States.
Separate entries inside this checklist describe thematic matters, akin to colonialism, decolonization, the black aesthetic, and the language query; the expansion of genres like autobiography and renowned literature; vital activities like cultural nationalism and feminism; and the impression of significant forces akin to AIDS/HIV, Christian missions, and urbanization.
Comprehensive and richly certain, this consultant deals a clean point of view at the function of East Africa within the improvement of African and global literature in English and a brand new realizing of the historic, cultural, and geopolitical obstacles of the region.
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