By Simon Gikandi
The Columbia consultant to East African Literature in English considering 1945 demanding situations the normal trust that the English-language literary traditions of East Africa are constrained to the previous British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. as a substitute, those traditions stretch some distance into such neighboring nations as Somalia and Ethiopia.
Simon Gikandi and Evan Mwangi gather a really inclusive checklist of significant writers and traits. they start with a chronology of key old occasions and an summary of the emergence and transformation of literary tradition within the area. Then they supply an alphabetical checklist of significant writers and short descriptions in their issues and achievements.
Some of the writers mentioned contain the Kenyan novelists Grace Ogot and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ugandan poet and essayist Taban Lo Liyong, Ethiopian playwright and poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Tanzanian novelist and diplomat Peter Palangyo, Ethiopian novelist Berhane Mariam Sahle-Sellassie, and the novelist M. G. Vassanji, who portrays the Indian diaspora in Africa, Europe, and North the US.
Separate entries inside this record describe thematic matters, reminiscent of colonialism, decolonization, the black aesthetic, and the language query; the expansion of genres like autobiography and renowned literature; very important routine like cultural nationalism and feminism; and the impression of significant forces resembling AIDS/HIV, Christian missions, and urbanization.
Comprehensive and richly targeted, this advisor deals a clean standpoint at the position of East Africa within the improvement of African and international literature in English and a brand new figuring out of the ancient, cultural, and geopolitical obstacles of the region.