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Title:(In)visibility in African culture
Editors:Norridge, ZoeISNI
Baker, CharlotteISNI
Boehmer, EllekeISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Geographic term:Africa
conference papers (form)
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/toc/ral.44.2.html
Abstract:This special issue of Research in African Literatures originates in a conference stream on '(In)visibility in African cultures' at the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) conference which was held in Oxford in 2010. The collection opens with an article adapted from Véronique Tadjo's keynote speech. The three articles that follow all develop themes relating to literary publishing: James Currey on literary publishing in Nigeria; Walter Bgoya and Mary Jay on publishing in Africa since independence; and Lizzy Attree on the Caine Prize and contemporary African writing. The second group of articles turns to literary representations of (in)visibility. Tiziana Morosetti focuses on Femi Osofisan's 'Kolera Kolej' (1978), Buchi Emecheta's 'The rape of Shavi' (1983) and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's 'Wizard of the crow' (2008) to consider how African literatures in English deal with stereotypes of Africa. Carli Coetzee deals with Sihle Khumalo's 'Cape to Cairo' (2007) and questions of intertextuality. Nicki Hitchcott discusses (in)visible Rwanda in Gilbert Gatore's 'Le passé devant soi' (2008). Elizabeth Bekers concludes the section with a discussion of critical blind spots, particularly in relation to those invisible areas of women's experience, with a focus on Ahmadou Kourouma's 'Les soleils des indépendances' (1968). The final four articles explore film and performance. Anthony Levin examines Neil Abramson's documentary film 'Soldier child' (1998, on Uganda). Florence Ayisi and Catalin Brylla analyse Ayisi's documentary films and alternative visions of Africa. Reception is the focus of Lizelle Bischoff's paper 'Representing Africa in the UK: programming the Africa in Motion film festival'. Finally, Fiona Siegenthaler's article on the exploration of cultural and subjective topographies by contemporary performance artists in Johannesburg, notably Anthea Moys and Athi-Patra Ruga, contends that visibility and invisibility are fundamentally social categories that reflect social acknowledgement, acceptance, and interaction. [ASC Leiden abstract]