ISBN 9789956792962
Pages 238
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2014
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Camfranglais: The Making of a New Language in Cameroonian Literature

by Peter W. Vakunta

This study raises awareness to the emergence of a new genre in world literature-hybridized literature. It rejects the assumption according to which literatures written in less commonly taught languages should be subsumed into one universally accessible global idiom. Instead, Vakunta challenges literary scholars and readers of literature to regard untranslatability as the key to cross-cultural engagement. The book's multiple approaches and innumerable sources generate complex interdisciplinary connections and provide an excellent introduction to a complex literary phenomenon alien to literati resident outside the officially bilingual multicultural and multilingual Republic of Cameroon.

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“Dr. Peter Vakunta masterfully leads the reader on an exploration of the emergence of Camfranglais from both sociopolitical and linguistic perspectives in this book. A thorough discussion of the many issues surrounding cultural identity and language use in contemporary Cameroon, the author offers a cogent argument for the recognition of Camfranglais as a legitimate literary language employed for nuanced expression concomitantly with Cameroonian national identity.”

Dr. Erin N. O’Reilly, Associate Professor, Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Monterey, California.

About the Author

Peter W. Vakunta

Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta is a native of Bamunka-Ndop in the Northwest Region of the Republic of Cameroon. His education is global. Peter studied in Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, France and the United States of America. His research interests are cross-disciplinary and straddle the worlds of Francophonie and the Commonwealth. Peter is a prolific writer with over fifteen works on literary theory and fiction under his belt. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis in the United States of America.

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