World Literature and Its Times: Voume 2 - African Literature and Its Times By David Galens, Joyce Moss Number Of Pages: 600 Publication Date: 2000-06-16 ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0787637270 ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780787637279
World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between the political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each World Literature and Its Times volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country or region, presenting approximately 50 works in detailed essays running approximately 10 pages.
African Literature and Its Times is a collaborative effort that evolved through several stages of development, each of which was monitored by experts in North, South, East, and West African literatures. The works chosen for African Literature and Its Times have been carefully selected. Keeping the literature-history connection in mind, the team made its selections based on a combination of factors: how frequently a literary work is studied, how closely it is tied to pivotal events in the past or present, and how strong and enduring its appeal has been to readers in and out of the society that produced it. Attention has been paid to all regions of the continent. There has also been a careful effort to represent female as well as male authors, to cover a mix of genres, and to include a number of precolonial works available in English, though they are far scarcer than the current century's offering. Also for colonial and postcolonial works, the selection was limited to those that are presently available in English. However, recognizing that much of Africa's finest literature was written in other languages, a careful effort has been made to include translations of works that first appeared in Arabic, French, Portuguese, or a local African language as well as those that first appeared in English.