ISBN 9780979085857
Pages 270
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2012
Publisher African Heritage Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

African Literature

Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview

by Safoura A. Salami-Boukari

How do we resolve the insider/outsider interpreting conundrum? Why do readers from different parts of the world read, interpret, or understand foreign literatures the way they do? What drives peculiar critical reactions, canon formations and such issues which determine the survival of cultural productions or their continued adoption as useful bolsters for a people's self-definition or indeed self-preservation and self-determination?

African Literature: Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview offers a series of fresh insights into most of the old "problematics" which used to sustain the interpretations of African literature, especially by women. Students, scholars, and general readers wishing to consider issues of gender in relation to African cultural and socioeconomic systems and what Salami-Boukari interrogates and names as an "African worldview," will find the interdisciplinary discussion of historical analyses, literary criticism and gender discourses a useful method for engaging contemporary African perspectives.

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Reviews

“This is a seminal work on the criticism of African Literature whose novel theoretical and ideological approaches are bound to compel a re-thinking and re-examination of popular concepts, pedagogies, and research methodologies. Even a scholar with a dissenting view on any aspect of Salami-Boukari’s critical assertions or positions, cannot help but appreciate unreservedly, the enormous originality and resourcefulness evident in the author’s intellectual vibrancy and profundity. Not since the Troika’s Toward the Decolonization of African Literature (1980) has anything so refreshingly engaging, potentially controversial, and confi dently challenging, been published on the criticism of African Literature. Safoura Salami-Boukari may have begun consciously or unconsciously, a new trend!”

Ernest N. Emenyonu, Professor of Africana Studies University of Michigan-Flint

"…students, scholars, and general readers wishing to consider issues of gender in relation to African cultural and socioeconomic systems and what Salami-Boukari interrogates and names as an “African worldview,” will find the interdisciplinary discussion of historical analyses, literary criticism and gender discourses a useful method for engaging contemporary African perspectives.

African Literature: Gender Discourse, Religious Values, and the African Worldview is an engrossing, deeply instructive work that will become a must-read for general readers as well as those in a wide range of academic fields, including African studies, black diasporic literatures, history, and gender studies."

Alexis De Veaux, University of Buffalo, New York

"[This Book] offers a series of fresh insights into most of the old “problematics” which used to sustain the interpretations of African literature, especially by women. Her gender sensitive reading … will, most definitely, create in both students and teachers of the discipline … a new interest in the creative writings from the black Continent."

Komla Messan Nubukpo, Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Lome, Togo
About the Author

Safoura A. Salami-Boukari

Born in Togo, Dr. Safoura A. Salami-Boukari Studied in Togo, France and the United States. She holds a Ph.D., and MA in American Studies with a concentration in Global Women’s Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY at Buffalo). She has taught at the University of Benin (1987-1994), the State University of New York in Buffalo (1996-1998), and was a Visiting Professor in the Center for Women’s Studies, and a Research Consultant at the Center for Black Culture & Research at West Virginia University (Morgantown-1998- 2000). She is currently teaching Social Studies and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

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