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Title:Environment at the margins: literary and environmental studies in Africa
Editors:Caminero-Santangelo, ByronISNI
Myers, GarthISNI
City of publisher:Athens, Ohio
Publisher:Ohio University Press
Geographic term:Africa
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Abstract:The papers in this volume were first presented at a colloquium held at the Kansas African Studies Center in 2008. The aim is to put literary and environmental studies into an interdisciplinary dialogue, challenging dominant ideas about conservation and development in Africa. The Introduction is by B. Caminero-Satangelo and G.A. Myers. The book is compsed of a discussion of Eric Dutton's 'The Basuto of Basutoland' (present-day Lesotho) (G.A. Myers); a critique of Theodore Roosevelt's 'African Game Trails' (Kenya, Uganda) (Roderick P. Neumann); an analysis of nonfictional works about elephant hunting in southern Africa (J. Carruthers); writing in the oral tradition of a Maasai 'enkiguena' (comment, discussion, debate in meetings) in Kenya and Tanzania (M. Goldman); an examination of the novel 'Sleepwalking Lands' by Mia Couto from Mozambique (A. Hammar); an analysis of Ben Okri's 'Famished Road' trilogy, meant to be an allegory of West Africa in general but full of Yoruba (Nigeria) words and expressions (J. Highfield); immigration and imagination in literature from savanna Africa, exploring the effort by European settlers in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Kenya to grapple with their minority status and sense of exile by establishing connections with landscapes rather than with social others (D.M. Hughes); an ecocritical reading of 'Age of Iron' by J.M. Coetzee (South Africa) (A. Vital); the environment in the novels of Nadine Gordimer (South Africa) (B. Caminero-Santangelo); inventing tradition and the colonization of plants in the novels 'Petals of Blood' by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Kenya) and 'The Heart of Redness' by Zakes Mda (South Africa) (L. Wright); and environmental degradation, gender and environmentalism in Kenya, a portrait of the role of Wangari Maathai (R. Nixon). [ASC Leiden abstract]