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Title:Accessing African history through literature
Author:Ngongkum, EuniceISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Annales de la Faculté des Arts, Lettres et Sciences Humaines
Volume:1
Issue:11
Pages:89-111
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:literature
history
Abstract:This article aims to show that African literature serves as a framework for a discursive understanding and analysis of the continent and its past as well as its contemporary history. Using New Historicism as an analytical tool, the article examines what history African literature relates to its readers, whether contemporary historical trends can be gleaned from this literature, and whether this historical groundedness can be perceived in all literary genres. The article uses sample texts from written African literature of the colonial and postcolonial periods to substantiate its views. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum in English and French. (Also published in: Marang, vol. 21 (2011), p. 83-101.) [ASC Leiden abstract]
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