..". a useful introduction to an important field of African
creative writing that has been invisible for the most part in North
America and Europe."
Readings in African Popular Fiction explores the social,
political, and economic contexts of popular narratives by bringing
together new and classic essays by important scholars in African
literature and eight primary texts. Excerpts from popular
magazines, cartoons, novellas, and moral and instructional
pamphlets present African popular fiction from all areas of the
continent. Selections include essays on Hausa creative writing, the
influence of Indian film in Nigeria, Onitsha market literature,
writing and popular culture in Cameroon, Kenyan romances, Swahili
literature, art and cartoons, works by South African writers of the
1950s, and popular crime thrillers in Malawi. Stephanie Newell's
introduction engages themes and trends in popular fiction in
Contributors are J. C. Anorue, Misty Bastian, Felicitas Becker,
Richard Bjornson, William Burgess, Michael Chapman, Don Dodson,
Dorothy Driver, Roger Field, Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Graham
Furniss, Raoul Granqvist, Paul Gready, Ime Ikiddeh, J. Roger Kurtz
and Robert M. Kurtz, Alex La Guma, Brian Larkin, Bernth Lindfors,
Charles Mangua, Gomolemo Mokae, Ben R. Mtobwa, Njabulo Ndebele,
Nici Nelson, Stephanie Newell, Sarah Nuttall, Donatus Nwoga, Alain
Ricard, Lindy Stiebel, and Balaraba Ramat Yakubu.
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