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African Literature as Political Philosophy

M. S. C. Okolo

African Literature as Political Philosophy

M. S. C. Okolo

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176 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2007  
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781842778951 Published June 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781842778944 Published June 2007 For sale in North and South America only
The politics of development in Africa have always been central concerns of the continent's literature. Yet ideas about the best way to achieve this development, and even what development itself should look like, have been hotly contested.

African Literature as Political Philosophy looks in particular at Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, but situates these within the broader context of developments in African literature over the past half-century, discussing writers from Ayi Kwei Armah to Wole Soyinka. M.S.C. Okolo provides a thorough analysis of the authors' differing approaches and how these emerge from the literature. She shows the roots of Achebe's reformism and Ngugi's insistence on revolution and how these positions take shape in their work. Okolo argues that these authors have been profoundly affected by the political situation of Africa, but have also helped to create a new African political philosophy.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1. Introduction: A Neglected Benefit
2. Literature as Philosophy: A Theoretical Framework
3. Chinua Achebe and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o as Political Thinkers
4. Achebe's Reformist Agenda in Anthills of the Savannah
5. Ngugi's Marxist Aesthetics
6. Achebe and Ngugi on the African Condition
7. Which Way for Africa
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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