UPDATE: [Postcolonial] call for contributors for compendium: Emerging African Voices

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Walter Collins
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Emerging African Voices
     Odia Ofeimun’s blurbâ€"“Sefi Atta’s novel has the nerve to redefine
existing traditions of African story telling. It confronts the familiar
passions of a city and a country with unusual insights and a lyrical power
pointing our literature to truly greater heights.”â€"found on the back cover
of the 2005 West African paperback edition of Atta’s Everything Good Will
Come speaks accurately, city and country specifics notwithstanding, for
the greater part of new African writing. Similarly, regarding Chris
Abani’s GraceLand, book critics at America Magazine note that the 2004
novel is part of “The next wave...of Nigerian literature,” while critics
at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune find that “In depicting how deeply
external politics can affect internal thinking, GraceLand announces itself
as a worthy heir to Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Like that classic
of Nigerian literature, it gives a multifaceted, human face to a culture
struggling to find its own identity while living with somebody else’s.”
Emerging African writers from across the entire continent are using their
unique voicesâ€"fresh, contemporary and boldâ€"to update African literary
classics and it is apparent that contemporary scholars, students and
readers in general anticipate a bright future with an ever-expanding
collection of African texts.
     I have proposed an edited book of literary analysis/criticism that
will examine writings from new and emerging African writers. A major
component of each chapter will be discussion about the ways in which the
text(s) of a particular emerging writer contributes to an updating of
African literature or the ways in which these new writers re-inscribe and
refocus traditional African texts written by long-established writers like
Achebe, Ngugi, Nwapa and Coetzee. As the fiftieth anniversary of the
independence of many African countries approaches, this book will be an
invaluable resource for analyzing the shiftsâ€"in theme, general
preoccupation, character developmentâ€"in African literatures over the last
five decades and longer.
     I seek interested African Postcolonial literary scholars with
appropriate expertise and a familiarity with larger issues in these areas
to contribute chapters (approx. 18,000 to 21,000 words) to this volume.
Below is a list of possible authors from which to choose or potential
contributors might propose a new or emerging author not listed but one
whom they beleive has shown great promise and would be a strong fit with
this project.
     For questions, please call (803) 313-7191 or e-mail:
     All interested contributors should craft a 250-word proposal noting
author and brief points of discussion and send an abridged (one page) C.V.
to: Dr. Walter Collins, Assistant Professor of French and English at the
University of South Carolina Lancaster E-MAIL: collinsw_at_sc.edu
Possible emerging authors for discussion in proposed book:
Chris Abani
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Segun Afolabi
Uwem Akpan
Mohammed Naseehu Ali
Monica Arac de Nyeko
Sefi Atta
Doreen Baingana
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Calixthe Beyala
Brian Chikwava
Diana Evans
Muthoni Garland
Uzodinma Iweala
Laila Lalami
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
E.C. Osondu
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
Helen Oyeyemi
Henrietta Rose-Innes
Ada Udechukwu
Binyavanga Wainaina

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