Mongo Beti Analysis


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Arnold, Stephen H., ed. Critical Perspectives on Mongo Beti. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 1998. Includes bibliographical references and an index.

Brench, A. C. The Novelists’ Inheritance in French Africa: Writers from Senegal to Cameroon. London: Oxford University Press, 1967. Examines the author’s worldview in some depth.

Dramé, Kandioura. The Novel as Transformation Myth: A Study of the Novels of Mongo Beti and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Syracuse, N.Y.: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1990. A critical study of two important African authors. Includes bibliographical references.

Moore, Gerald. “Mongo Beti: The Voice of the Rebel.” In Seven African Writers. Rev. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1966. Although dated, the work offers an excellent introduction to Beti’s work and its importance in the tumultuous postindependence period in West Africa.

Palmer, Eustace. The Growth of the African Novel. Exeter, N.H.: Heinemann, 1979. Gives the most complete overview of Beti’s early and middle work.

Smith, Robert P., Jr. “Mongo Beti: The Novelist Looks at Independence and the Status of the African Woman.” CLA Journal 19, no. 3 (March, 1976):. 301-311. This review of Perpétue et l’habitude du malheur calls it an important novel that addresses “the victimization of the modern African woman in today’s independent Africa.”