Tradition and Modernity in the African Short Story: An Introduction to a Literature in Search of Critics

Tradition and Modernity in the African Short Story: An Introduction to a Literature in Search of Critics

Tradition and Modernity in the African Short Story: An Introduction to a Literature in Search of Critics

Tradition and Modernity in the African Short Story: An Introduction to a Literature in Search of Critics

Synopsis

This pioneering study of the African short story offers a two-part approach to a literary form that has long been neglected by scholars on the continent. Balogun first offers a general survey method and approach for close textual analysis, followed by discussions of two representative writers. The work of Achebe, a traditional realist, and Taban lo Liyong, a post-modernist experimentalist, is examined for general themes and structures. Detailed examinations of Achebe's Girls at War and lo Liyong's Fixions and The Uniformed Man are also included.
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