Saturday, March 31, 2012

USA Africa Dialogue Series - New Publications in Africana Studies

Contemporary African Literature: New Approaches
Carolina Academic Press, 2012
by Tanure Ojaide
The book goes beyond conventional literary studies to open new vistas for critical excursion. It deals not only with purely literary issues of canonization, language, aesthetics, and scholar-poet traditions, but also with diverse interdisciplinary topics such as migration, globalization, environmental and human rights, and gender. It widens the scope of the African experience in literature as never before.
Advance Praise:
Contemporary African Literature is a book of depth and breadth, with insightful analyses by one of the leading African writers of post-colonial Africa. In this kaleidoscopic book, Ojaide the poet, novelist, and story teller turns the masquerade garment inside out to offer critical assessments of how far African literature has come since the 1960s, as well as its opportunities and challenges in the years ahead. He takes on far-ranging topics that are central to the contemporary African literature with uncommon command and oracular dexterity.
Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives
Cambridge University Press, 2012
Co-edited by Akin Ogundiran (with J. Cameron Monroe, UC Santa Cruz)
This volume examines the archaeology of precolonial West African societies in the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Using historical and archaeological perspectives on landscape, this collection of essays sheds light on how involvement in the commercial revolutions of the early modern period dramatically reshaped the regional contours of political organization across West Africa. The essays examine how social and political transformations occurred at the regional level by exploring economic networks, population shifts, cultural values and ideologies. The book demonstrates the importance of anthropological insights not only to the broad political history of West Africa, but also to an understanding of political culture as a form of meaningful social practice.

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