African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium by Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis

This tribute assortment displays the big variety and variety of James Gibbs's educational pursuits. the focal point is on Africa, yet comparative experiences of different literatures additionally obtain realization. Fiction, drama, and poetry through writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, eire, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed along major missionaries, scientists, performers, and students. The writers mentioned comprise Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli-Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. different essays deal with the black presence in eire, nameless rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller within the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary student and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi also are integrated. additionally provided are poems by way of Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales via Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs via Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic interpreting of a script written and co-performed by way of James Gibbs. individuals: Anne Adams, Sola Adeyemi, Kofi Anyidoho, Awo Mana Asiedu, Martin Banham, Eckhard Breitinger, Gordon Collier, James Currey, Geoffrey V. Davis, Chris Dunton, Robert Fraser, Raoul J. Granqvist, Gareth Griffiths, C.L. Innes, Charles R. Larson, Bernth Lindfors, Leif Lorentzon, Jack Mapanje, Christine Matzke, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Femi Osofisan, Eustace Palmer, Jane Plastow, Lynn Taylor, and Pia Thielmann.

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However, they have not reckoned with the possibility of a subversive remainder beyond the range of their official knowledge – that is, the Earth Mothers – indicating the limitations of the postcolonial State’s ‘panoptic, all-seeing power’. 26 Besides, the Earth Mothers signify the subversive inhabitation of the body politic by a radical alterity that escapes the official gaze and bides its time for the final moment of reckoning. In this regard, they perform a similar transgressive mimesis as Daodu, Segi, and Danlola in Kongi’s Harvest when the latter comply with Kongi’s wishes in order to subvert them dramatically at a moment of their own choosing.

Bero’s and the government’s elaborate concern with the visible enemy or dissident blinds them to other and perhaps more formidable sources of opposition. They focus on those that have seemingly openly departed from the known government creed, the dissidents Bero has liquidated. However, they have not reckoned with the possibility of a subversive remainder beyond the range of their official knowledge – that is, the Earth Mothers – indicating the limitations of the postcolonial State’s ‘panoptic, all-seeing power’.

Yvette Hutchison (Woodbridge: James Currey, 2010): 23. 3 Kobina Sekyi, The Blinkards (London: Heinemann, 1974). 4 Gibbs, “Seeking the Founding Father,” 24. 5 “Seeking the Founding Father,” 31. The Enduring Relevance of Kobina Sekyi’s The Blinkards a 41 Although there have been some reviews of the play since it was first published in 1974, as well as some articles written about Sekyi and his political views,6 Gibbs’s essay remains, to my knowledge, the only attempt to study The Blinkards as a play in production.

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