By Pushpa Naidu Parekh, Siga Fatima Jagne
Postcolonial African writers have made enormous contributions to world literature. This reference book overviews their lives and works. The volume includes alphabetically arranged profiles for some 60 postcolonial African writers, including Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Doris Lessing, Peter Nazareth, Gabriel Okara, Femi Osofisan, and Efua Theodora Sutherland. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes that appear in the author's writings, an overview of the critical response to the author's works, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume begins with an introductory essay on postcolonial criticism and African writing, and it concludes with a selected, general bibliography of seminal critical studies.