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The Gong and the Flute: African Literary Development and Celebration (Hardback)
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The Gong and the Flute: African Literary Development and Celebration (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 26/10/1994
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A collection of 11 chapters by Nigerian professors, this book covers such issues as the dignity of intellectual labor; how colonial writings on Africa helped Africans decide to become the interpreters of their cultures; what Nigerian playwrights and poets have in common with authors from other parts of the world; the need to write literature in indigenous Nigerian languages; and critical examinations of the themes of victimization, bad governance, and Igbo social behavior as they are handled in select African and Nigerian literary texts. In discussing the issues, the contributors maintain a historical perspective which allows them to examine very critically the achievements of the founding fathers of Modern African Literatures, and the progress made in the development of African literatures. Also, they suggest what needs to be done to develop the national and ethnic literatures of Africa, as well as indigenous African languages that not only promote further development of the literatures, but also make it easier for Africans to read and appreciate their literatures more fully. Because of its content and developmental perspectives, The Gong and the Flute is a useful reference book for teachers and students of African literatures, and for research institutes and libraries interested in African, Nigerian, and Igbo Studies.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313292811
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm


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"This book has more than a little for anyone with some background in African literature, and a lot for those with considerable background. General; undergraduate and up."-Choice
?This book has more than a little for anyone with some background in African literature, and a lot for those with considerable background. General; undergraduate and up.?-Choice
"These essays, written by a talented team of Nigerian scholars, take us into the very heart of modern African expressive culture, revealing literary and linguistic subtleties known best to insiders."-Bernth Lindfors Professor of English and African Literature University of Texas at Austin
"Ogbaa...takes us to African sources for our comprehension of some of the most important work written in this century. Within this context, we can see through the eyes of the Other how the literature of Otherness impacts on its own society....The essays collected...represent two generations of Nigerian scholarship....Ogbaa has knitted together Nigerian scholars, teachers, and writers in the grand sounds of The Gong and the Flute."-O.R. Dathorne Professor of English University of Kentucky

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