Postcolonial African Literature Criticism: Major Authors - Essay

Neil Lazarus (essay date 1990)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lazarus, Neil. “From Frantz Fanon to Ayi Kwei Armah: Messianism and the Representation of Postcolonialism.” In Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction, pp. 27-45. Westport, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1990.

[In the following essay, Lazarus draws connections between the thought and writing of Frantz Fanon and Ayi Kwei Armah, focusing on Armah's first three novels.]

Ayi Kwei Armah's first three novels—The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968), Fragments (1970), and Why Are We So Blest? (1972)—are all set in postcolonial Africa. Any attempt to delineate the conceptual horizon of these three novels must take the work of Frantz...

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Marni Gauthier (essay date June 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Gauthier, Marni. “The Intersection of the Postmodern and the Postcolonial in J. M. Coetzee's Foe.English Language Notes 34, no. 4 (June 1997): 52-71.

[In the following essay, Gauthier studies the way in which Coetzee's novel Foe views history, including its interpretation of colonial discourse and postcolonial stances.]

The relationship between the postmodern and the postcolonial has been viewed, at best, a tenuous one. In a recent interview with J. M. Coetzee in Contemporary Literature the interviewer questioned Coetzee as to his opinion about the relationship between the two, and was answered with what he called the “trivial”...

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Ralph A. Austen (essay date fall 2000)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Austen, Ralph A. “Amadou Hampaté Bâ: From a Colonial to a Postcolonial African Coice: Amkoullel, l'enfant peul.1Research in African Literatures 31, no. 3 (fall 2000): 1-12.

[In the following essay, Austen explains that Bâ stands out among his African contemporaries because he is one of the only authors who has lived the colonial experience and reproduced it in his works, and thus his works provide an insight into how African scholars and writers have found their voice, both as participants and recorders of the colonial experience as creators of their own tradition, in the postcolonial era.]

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Anne Donadey (essay date 2001)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Donadey, Anne. “The ‘Algeria Syndrome’.” In Recasting Postcolonialism: Women Writing Between Worlds, pp. 19-42. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 2001.

[In the following essay, Donadey theorizes that the Algerian War is a central theme in most of Sebbar's works, and that although many of the characters in her Sherazade trilogy are unfamiliar with the war, it affects their lives and existence in numerous ways.]

What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.

—Susan Griffin, A Chorus of Stones 179

Leïla Sebbar, born and raised in Algeria by an Algerian...

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