Outline of Swahili Literature is a major study and reference guide of modern prose and drama in Swahili — one of the largest languages of sub-Saharan Africa. This second edition of the eponymous study first published in 1989, is extensively revised and enlarged. It contains new and updated information, mapping trends and writers. Special attention is thereby given to the developments in Swahili literature that took place in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. All this makes this book a unique source and the most up-to-date study in the field. It is of the essence not only to specialists in contemporary African Studies, but also to a wider range of scholars researching modern literary techniques and modern cultures. Moreover, the book contains a resourceful bio-bibliographical index of modern Swahili writers and an annotated bibliography of all known works in Swahili modern prose and drama published from the late 1950s up to 2008.
from the interviews and observations, I adopted an interpretive approach and critical discourseanalysis (Lieblich et al. 1998). These methods enabled me to develop three themes that are at the core of this analysis: social-cultural uses, consumption of news, and anti-government activities. The
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. 14 The works of White and Lewis were accompanied by a number of neologisms and new theoretical and methodological concepts such as ‘mnemohistory’, ‘cultural memory’ ( Assmann 1997 ), historical discourseanalysis, archaeology and genealogy (Foucault 1966 , 1969 , 1977 ), ‘historiology’ ( Vansina