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Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitmentby Odile M. Cazenave
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By looking at engagee literature from the recent past, when the francophone African writer was implicitly seen as imparted with a mission, to the present, when such authors usually aspire to be acknowledged primarily for their work as writers, Contemporary Francophone African Writers and the Burden of Commitment addresses the currrent processes of canonization in contemporary francophone African literature. Odile Cazenave and Patricia Celerier argue that aesthetic as well as political issues are now at the forefront of debates about the African literary canon, as writers and critics increasingly acknowledge the ideology of form. Working across genres but focusing on the novel, the authors take up the question of renewed forms of commitment in this literature. Their selected writers range from Mongo Beti, Ousmane Sembene, and Aminata Sow Fall to Boubacar Boris Diop, Veronique Tadjo, Alain Mabanckou, and Leonora Miano, among others.
Book News Annotation:
The volume emerged from five years of collaboration between French scholars Cazenave (Boston U.) and Célérier (Vassar College) both in the US and in Africa. They explain that they translate engagement from the French, where it means political involvement of the intellectual class, a concept that has become passé not only in France but also the rest of Europe and the US. But not in Africa, they find. Working across genres but focusing on the novel, they explore enduring commitments, the practice of memory, new aesthetics, the publishing industry, the Internet, and criticism. Annotation Â©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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