From the Back Cover
This book takes on the challenge. What roles can and should African literature play in Africa's development? From a variety of critical stances and perspectives, the concepts of "literature" and of "development" are theorized, to include and extend beyond inherited concepts and boundaries in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, and thus, to engage people's everyday life experiences. Approaches to the question of African literature and its development range from African feminism or feminist practices, to the economics and politics of public access to knowledge, information and literature, to communication networks and use of African languages in national education policies.
Twenty essays constitute the volume's four parts, in an arrangement designed to convey shifting definitions of literature and of development in the context of Africa, as well as a variety of positions from which the essays emerge. The four sections focus on: diverse conceptualizations of African literature and development; critical studies of specific writer's works, linking their artistic development with issues and events of social or political development; a philosophical consideration of development's relationship to literature; and models of activist pedagogy in African literature.
About the Author
Anne V. Adams is associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center, and Associate Director of Women's Studies at Cornell University.
Janis A. Mayes is associate professor in the department of Women's Studies at Syracuse University, where she teaches Comparative African Literatures and Women's Studies.