Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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TSITSI DANGAREMBGA (1959-)

BIOGRAPHY

Tsitsi Dangarembga was born on February 14, 1959, in colonial Rhodesia. At the age of two, she moved with her parents to England, where she remained until 1965. Upon her return to Rhodesia, Dangarembga entered a mission school in Mutare and then completed her secondary education at an American convent school. By her own account, she felt isolated as a child and began writing to herself as a way of coping with her sense of alienation. At home and at school, she read mostly the English classics, although her academic interests shifted to the sciences. She read her first African novel (Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat) as a teenager, but it was not until she returned from Cambridge shortly before Zimbabwean independence in 1980 that she became avidly involved with African and African-American literature.

Dangarembga went to Cambridge in 1977 to study medicine. Her experience in England was difficult and alienating; she abandoned her studies three years later and returned to Zimbabwe. She worked for a short while at an advertising agency and ultimately returned to university (this time the University of Zim babwe) to study psychology. The independence celebrations and the period im mediately following it were a formative time for Dangarembga. She became increasingly aware of Shona oral traditions, read avidly in contemporary African literature, and was swept up by the writings of Afro-American women. At the university she became actively involved with the Drama Club. She wrote and staged three plays, She No Longer Weeps (published in 1987), The Lost of the Soil, and The Third One.

Dangarembga's reputation was established by the success and acclaim of her first novel, Nervous Conditions, which appeared in Great Britain in 1988 and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxxi
  • Introduction 1
  • Postcolonial Criticism and African Writing 2
  • Theorizing African Women 6
  • Chinua Achebe (1930-) 19
  • Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-) 32
  • Zaynab Alkali (1950-) 40
  • Ayi Kwei Armah (1939-) 45
  • Kofi Awoonor (1935-) 52
  • Mariama Bâ (1929-1981) 59
  • Calixthe Beyala (1961-) 75
  • Dennis Vincent Frederick Brutus (John Bruin) (1924-) 84
  • Driss Chraïbi (1926-) 96
  • J. P. Clark-Bekederemo (1935-) 105
  • Mia Couto (1957-) 111
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga (1959-) 118
  • Nafissatou Diallo (1941-1982) 123
  • David Mandessi Diop 129
  • Assia Djebar (1936-) 135
  • Emmanuel Boundzeki Dongala (1941-) 144
  • Buchi Emecheta (1944-) 148
  • Femi Euba (1941-) 164
  • Aminata Sow Fall (1941-) 171
  • Nuruddin Farah (1945-) 175
  • Athol Fugard (1932-) 181
  • Nadine Gordimer (1923-) 187
  • Mafika Gwala (1946-) 201
  • Bessie Head (1937-1986) 206
  • Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike (1931-) 221
  • Francis Imbuga (1947-) 228
  • Festus Ikhuoria Ojeaga Iyayi (1947-) 234
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun (1944-) 241
  • Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine (1941-1995) 253
  • Ungulani BA Ka Khosa (1957-) 257
  • Ellen Kuzwayo (1914-) 262
  • Alex la Guma (1925-1985) 268
  • Camara Laye (1928-1980) 275
  • Doris Lessing (1919-) 282
  • Muthoni Likimani (1926-) 296
  • Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987) 300
  • Micere M. Githae Mugo (1942-) 305
  • Peter Nazareth (1940-) 312
  • Ngügï Wa Thiong'O (1938-) 318
  • Lewis Nkosi (1936-) 332
  • Flora Nwapa (1931-1993) 337
  • Molara Ogundipe-Leslie (1941-) 345
  • Gabriel Okara (1921-) 352
  • Christopher Ifeanyichukwu Okigbo (1932-1967) 360
  • Ben Okri (1959-) 364
  • Femi Osofisan (1946-) 374
  • Ferdinand Oyono (1929-) 382
  • Essop Patel (1943-) 387
  • Alan Paton (1903-1988) 391
  • Okot P'Bitek (1931-1982) 396
  • Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo (1901-1937) 400
  • Tijan Sallah (1958-) 408
  • Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) 413
  • Leïla Sebbar (1941-) 420
  • Leopold Sedar Senghor (1906-) 425
  • Wole Soyinka (1934-) 438
  • Efua Theodora Sutherland (1924-1996) 455
  • Sony Labou Tansi (1947-1995) 460
  • Mositi Torontle (1964-) 466
  • Amos Tutuola (1920-) 471
  • Selected Bibliography 477
  • Index 491
  • About the Contributors 517
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