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Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment (Paperback)
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Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment (Paperback)

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Delineates the field of contemporary francophone African literature, providing the main outlines of directions taken in the past three decades.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813930961
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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"Contemporary Francophone African Writers andthe Burden of Commitment" by Odile Cazenave and Patricia C l rierdelineates the field of contemporary francophone African literature, providing themain outlines of directions taken in the past three decades. The task would seem tobe formidable, yet the authors accomplish this extremely well, with insightfulinterpretations of a very large body of texts, and a timely exploration of thelocation of political engagement within those works. It will be of considerableusefulness to scholars who simply want to know what is currently being published, which texts they ought to be teaching and reading, and what import to ascribe tothose works. More importantly, it provides an understanding of the trajectory ofAfrican literature from its early years of struggle for national liberation to itspresent entanglements in the age of globalization and transnationalism. The work isvery up-to-date in its 'synthesis' of the field.--Kenneth W. Harrow, Michigan S


"Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment" by Odile Cazenave and Patricia Celerier delineates the field of contemporary francophone African literature, providing the main outlines of directions taken in the past three decades. The task would seem to be formidable, yet the authors accomplish this extremely well, with insightful interpretations of a very large body of texts, and a timely exploration of the location of political engagement within those works. It will be of considerable usefulness to scholars who simply want to know what is currently being published, which texts they ought to be teaching and reading, and what import to ascribe to those works. More importantly, it provides an understanding of the trajectory of African literature from its early years of struggle for national liberation to its present entanglements in the age of globalization and transnationalism. The work is very up-to-date in its 'synthesis' of the field.--Kenneth W. Harrow, Michigan State University, author of "Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women's Writing"


Once in a decade, a critical text surfaces that upends our run-of-the-mill reading of literature. Odile Cazenave and Patricia Celerier's book does just that for African francophone literature. By its breadth and depth, "Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment" not only subsumes previous critical works on the subject, but also provides new grids for exploring the ever-expanding African francophone corpus.--Emmanuel Dongala, Bard College at Simon's Rock, author of "Johnny Mad Dog" and "Little Boys Come from the Stars"


Once in a decade, a critical text surfaces that upends our run-of-the-mill reading of literature. Odile Cazenave and Patricia Celerier's book does just that for African francophone literature. By its breadth and depth, Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment not only subsumes previous critical works on the subject, but also provides new grids for exploring the ever-expanding African francophone corpus.

--Emmanuel Dongala, Bard College at Simon's Rock, author of Johnny Mad Dog and Little Boys Come from the Stars

Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment by Odile Cazenave and Patricia Celerier delineates the field of contemporary francophone African literature, providing the main outlines of directions taken in the past three decades. The task would seem to be formidable, yet the authors accomplish this extremely well, with insightful interpretations of a very large body of texts, and a timely exploration of the location of political engagement within those works. It will be of considerable usefulness to scholars who simply want to know what is currently being published, which texts they ought to be teaching and reading, and what import to ascribe to those works. More importantly, it provides an understanding of the trajectory of African literature from its early years of struggle for national liberation to its present entanglements in the age of globalization and transnationalism. The work is very up-to-date in its 'synthesis' of the field.

--Kenneth W. Harrow, Michigan State University, author of Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women's Writing

"This timely study contributes not only fresh information about contemporary Francophone African Literature (both for the classroom and for building collections), but also a way for scholars to approach these texts aesthetically."

--M. Kathleen Madigan, Rockhurst University "French Review "

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