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The Uncoiling Python: South African Storytellers and Resistance

by Harold Scheub

There are many collections of African oral traditions, but few as carefully organized as The Uncoiling Python. Harold Scheub, one of the world's leading scholars of African oral traditions and folklore, explores...


Your Madness, Not Mine

by Makuchi & Éloise A. Brière

Women's writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers. The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian...


After Tears

by Niq Mhlongo

Bafana Kuzwayo is a young man with a weight on his shoulders. After flunking his law studies at the University of Cape Town, he returns home to Soweto, where he must decide how to break the news to his family....


Metaphor and the Slave Trade in West African Literature

by Laura T. Murphy

Metaphor and the Slave Trade provides compelling evidence of the hidden but unmistakable traces of the transatlantic slave trade that persist in West African discourse. Through an examination of metaphors that...


The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba

by Makuchi & Isidore Okpewho

The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba offers readers a selection of folktales infused with riddles, proverbs, songs, myths, and legends, using various narrative techniques that capture...


Paper Sons and Daughters: Growing up Chinese in South Africa

by Ufrieda Ho

Ufrieda Ho's compelling memoir describes with intimate detail what it was like to come of age in the marginalized Chinese community of Johannesburg during the apartheid era of the 1970s and 1980s. The Chinese...


Environment at the Margins: Literary and Environmental Studies in Africa

by Byron Caminero-Santangelo & Garth Myers

Environment at the Margins brings literary and environmental studies into a robust interdisciplinary dialogue, challenging dominant ideas about nature, conservation, and development in Africa and exploring alternative...


Images Out of Africa: The Virginia Garner Diaries of the Africa Motion Picture Project

by Virginia Garner

In 1938, Virginia and Ray Garner began making films in the Belgian Congo and French Cameroons. This book features Virginia Garner's diaries, which highlight the challenges of making films in Africa in the 1930s...


The Story of an African Farm

by Olive Schreiner

The first great South African novel chronicles the adventures of 3 childhood friends who defy societal repression. A gripping indictment of the rigid Boer social conventions of the 19th-century.


The Narrative Mediterranean: Beyond France and the Maghreb

by Claudia Esposito

The Narrative Mediterranean: Beyond France and the Maghreb examines literary texts by writers from the Maghreb and positions them in direct relation to increasingly querulous debates on the shifting identity...


The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English Since 1945

by Adrian Roscoe

Columbia's guides to postwar African literature paint a unique portrait of the continent's rich and diverse literary traditions. This volume examines the rapid rise and growth of modern literature in the three...


Boarding Time

by Rita Akoto Coker

The political intrigues and the resulting detention of the father of Nana Karikari a young girl in their country and the trauma associated with this incident changes her life forever when her mother sends her...


Grappling with Change in Africa

by Emmanuel Danstan Chinunda

This book brings revolution to the African continent. It makes it clear that for Africans to advance in life they require a different approach to life. The book uses proverbs and wise sayings from Africa to...


The Family Question and Other Plays

by Dickson M. Mwansa

This collection contains nine most important works written and performed between 1973 and 1989. Three of the plays won first positions in national drama competitions (The Cell, The Family Question, and The Headmaster...


African Pearls and Poisons

by Leo Louis Jacques

If you desire an exhilarating read of a familys life during Idi Amins savage reign, then this books for you. Doug Abraham, Writer & Columnist. The Jacques Familys unique Safaris passed through some of the most...


The Federation of Africa

by Keith Singleton

"The Federation of Africa is the coming of age story of African Americans through the eyes of the Sinclair family.King Cornell represents the dreamsand passions that exist in all people. His nobility inspires...


Blue Bird

by Magda Ayuk

Blue Bird is Canadian storyteller Magda Ayuk’s debut collection of poetry and prose. Blue Bird is the necessary and enduring journey of self-love. Ayuk explores this journey through the intersectional pulses...


The Extinction of Menai

by Chuma Nwokolo

In the early 1980s, a pharmaceutical company administers an unethical drug trial to residents of the Niger Delta village of Kreektown. When children die as a result of the trial, the dominoes of language extinction...


The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

by Gareth Cornwell, Dirk Klopper & Craig Mackenzie

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid....


Do Bicycles Equal Development in Mozambique?

by Joseph Hanlon & Teresa Smart

Is Mozambique an African success story?

It has 7 percent a year growth rate and substantial foreign investment. Fifteen years after the war of destabilisation, the peace has held. Mozambique is the donors' model...