Tradition and Change in Contemporary West and East African Fiction

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Editor: Ogaga Okuyade
The essays in this volume capture the exciting energy of the emergent novel in East and West Africa, drawing on diffe¬rent theoretical insights to offer fresh and engaging perspectives on what has been variously termed the ‘new wave’, ‘emer¬gent generation’, and ‘third generation’. Subjects addressed include the politics of identity, especially when (re)constructed outside the homeland or when African indigenous values are eroded by globaliz¬ation, transnationalism, and the exilic condition or the self undergoes fragmen¬tation. Other essays examine once-taboo concerns, including gendered accounts of same-sex sexualities.
Most of the essays deal with shifting perceptions by African women of their social condition in patriarchy in relation to such issues as polygamy, adultery, male domination, and the woman’s quest for fulfilment and respect through access to quality education and full economic and socio-political participation. Themes taken up by other novels examined in¬clude the sexual exploitation of women and criminality generally and the ex¬posure of children to violence. Likewise examined is the contemporary textual¬izing of orality (the trickster figure).
Writers discussed include Chima¬manda Ngozi Adichie, Okey Ndibe, Helon Habila, Ike Oguine, Chris Abani, Tanure Ojaide, Maik Nwosu, Unoma Azuah, Jude Dibia, Lola Shoneyin, Mary Karooro Okurut, Violet Barungi, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Abidemi Sanusi, Akachi Ezeigbo, Sefi Atta, Kaine Agary, Kojo Laing, Ahmadou Kourouma, Uwen Akpan, and Alobwed’Epie

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Ogaga Okuyade teaches popular/folk culture, African literature and culture, African American and African diasporic studies, and the English novel in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Nigeria. He has guest-edited special issues of ARIEL and Imbizo, and is the editor of Eco-Critical Literature: Regreening African Landscapes (2013).
Ogaga Okuyade: Introduction: Familiar Realities, Continuity, and Shifts of Trajectory in the New African Novel Iniobong I . Uko: Womanhood, Sexuality, and Work: The Dialectic of Exploitation (Flora Nwapa, Nawal El Saadawi, and Ama Ata Aidoo) Enajite E. Ojaruega: Outgoing and Incoming Africans: Migration and Reverse Migration in Contemporary African Narratives Oluwole Coker: Development Imperatives and Transnationalism in Third-Generation Nigerian Fiction Katharina Nambula: Creativity and the Ugandan Woman: The Dialectic of Struggle and Equality in Mary Karooro Okurut’s The Invisible Weevil and Violet Barungi’s Cassandra Isaac Ndlovu: Satire, Children, and Traumatic Violence: The Case of Ahmadou Kourouma and Uwen Akpan Edgar Fred Nabutanyi: Affect in Representations of Children’s Experiences of Mass Violence: Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them and Goretti Kyomuhendo’s Secrets No More Adamu Pangmeshi: Mirror Writing, Social Realism, and the Interrogation of the Postcolonial Nation in Alobwed’Epie’s The Death Certificate and The Day God Blinked Shola Adenekan: Transnationalism and the Agenda of African Literature in a Digital Age Thomas Jay Lynn: Postcolonial Encounters Re-Envisioned: Kojo Laing’s Woman of the Aeroplanes as Trickster Narrative Christopher E.W. Ouma: Countries of the Mind: Space–Time Chronotopes in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Brian Doherty: Writing Back with a Difference: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Headstrong Historian” as a Response to Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Chitra Thrivikraman Nair: Negotiation of Socio-Ethnic Spaces: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun as a Testimonio of African National and Ethnic Identity Louisa Uchum Egbunike: One-Way Traffic: Renegotiating the ‘Been-To’ Narrative in the Nigerian Novel in the Era of Military Rule Alexander Greer Hartwiger: Strangers in/to the World: The Unhomely in Chris Abani’s GraceLand Ngozi Chuma-Udeh: Maik Nwosu’s Invisible Chapters: Investigating Psychological Fragmentation in Nigerian Literature Jairus Omuteche: The Global Underground and the Illegitimate Diasporas: Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sisters’ Street Owojecho Omoha: Fictional Narrative and the Reflective Self in Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel Charles Clif F Feghabo: Inverting Otherness in Kaine Agary’s Yellow-Yellowt Olusegun Adekoya: Love’s Metamorphosis in Third-Generation African Women’s Writing: The Example of Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives Nmachika Nwokeabia: Gender and (Homo)Sexuality in Third-Generation African Writing: A Reading of Unoma Azuah’s Sky-High Flames and Jude Dibia’s Walking with Shadows Shalini Nadaswaran: Motif/ves of Justice in Writings by Third-Generation Nigerian Women Notes on Contributors Notes for Contributors to Matatu