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African literature, African critics : the forming of critical standards, 1947-1966 /
Rand Bishop.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
description
xii, 213 p. ; 25 cm. --
ISBN
0313259186 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
isbn
0313259186 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
issn
0069-9624
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
801226
 
Bibliography: p. [181]-204.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-12:
A survey of African literature criticism written by anglophone and francophone African critics between 1947 (date of the founding of the journal Presence Africaine) and 1966 (The First World Festival of Negro Arts). Its purpose is to identify "empirically" and "non-evaluatively" the "standards" by which African critics of those two decades "judged" African literature. The six standards derived from this study are all entirely predictable, as is the conclusion--that in each case some critics feel one way, some feel the other. Bishop limits himself to transcription and classification, foregoing anything resembling analysis. Left unconsidered are questions such as why literary "standards" were so important during this period in the first place, and just how critical evaluation functioned in these critical texts and in the culture. Unexamined, too, is a host of theoretical assumptions, e.g., every critic must be an anthropologist, and criticism determines the direction of a literature. Bishop raises no useful issues and settles none. For its bibliography, however, and because it offers an accurate, if thin, record of once-raging debates, this book may be of introductory use for undergraduates. For graduates and specialized readers, it is utterly superfluous. -L. Tremaine, University of Richmond
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Summaries
Long Description
From a forest of controversies and opinions by African and non-African critics and writers, Bishop has been able to elicit strong paradigms of critical and theoretical evaluation of African literature by Africans themselves, and therein lies the abiding merit of this book. Modern Fiction StudieS≪/i> The years immediately following World War II saw an extraordinary literary development in Black sub-Saharan Africa--the emergence of a virtually new literature. This phenomenon became the center of critical controversy as writers, commentators, and scholars attempted to forge a set of aesthetic standards for this new literature. Although the European contribution to this discussion is will known, the views of African critics, who have been writing voluminously on the subject since the 1940s, have been given far less attention. In this study, Bishop provides the first systematic examination of how Africans themselves have evaluated African literature in English and French from the early postwar years to the opening of the first World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966.
Unpaid Annotation
"From a forest of controversies and opinions by African and non-African critics and writers, Bishop has been able to elicit strong paradigms of critical and theoretical evaluation of African literature by Africans themselves, and therein lies the abiding merit of this book." Modern Fiction Studies
Long Description
The years immediately following World War II saw an extraordinary literary development in Black sub-Saharan Africa--the emergence of a virtually new literature. This phenomenon became the center of critical controversy as writers, commentators, and scholars attempted to forge a set of aesthetic standards for this new literature. Although the European contribution to this discussion is will known, the views of African critics, who have been writing voluminously on the subject since the 1940s, have been given far less attention. In this study, Bishop provides the first systematic examination of how Africans themselves have evaluated African literature in English and French from the early postwar years to the opening of the first World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966.
Long Description
From a forest of controversies and opinions by African and non-African critics and writers, Bishop has been able to elicit strong paradigms of critical and theoretical evaluation of African literature by Africans themselves, and therein lies the abiding merit of this book. Modern Fiction Studies The years immediately following World War II saw an extraordinary literary development in Black sub-Saharan Africa--the emergence of a virtually new literature. This phenomenon became the center of critical controversy as writers, commentators, and scholars attempted to forge a set of aesthetic standards for this new literature. Although the European contribution to this discussion is will known, the views of African critics, who have been writing voluminously on the subject since the 1940s, have been given far less attention. In this study, Bishop provides the first systematic examination of how Africans themselves have evaluated African literature in English and French from the early postwar years to the opening of the first World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966.
Table of Contents
The Languages of African Literature African Literature for Whom?
The Question of Audience
The Making of a Literary Tradition Realisms, African Reality, and the African Past African Literature, Literature Engagee Negritude and the Critics
Bibliography
Index
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