Postcolonial African Literature Criticism: Postcolonial Testimonial Literature - Essay

Neil Lazarus (essay date 1990)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lazarus, Neil. “After the Break: Trends in Radical African Literature since 1970.” In Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction, pp. 185-234. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1990.

[In the following essay, Lazarus suggests that the 1970s witnessed a collapse of the intellectual infrastructure within which much African writing was composed, creating a crisis in the intellectual community in Africa. This conflict, which Lazarus explains in the context of Ayi Kweh Armah's work, has led many African authors, writes Lazarus to re-examine their novelistic horizons by moving away from the seminal moments of past history, such as independence, and to focus increasingly on...

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Jeannine DeLombard (essay date 1996)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: DeLombard, Jeannine. English Postcoloniality: Literatures from Around the World, Radhika Mohanram and Gita Rajan, pp. 63-76. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

[In the following essay, DeLombard uses the writing and critical career of Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o as a representative example of postcoloniality and its relationship to the development of East African literature.]

Addressing the topic of postcoloniality and its relationship to East African literature, one immediately faces a dilemma. Such a discussion must acknowledge in some depth the work of Ngugi wa Thiong'o—East Africa's most celebrated author and one of the continent's most outspoken...

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