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African Literature in French : A History of Creative Writing in French from West and Equatorial Africa - Dorothy S. Blair

African Literature in French

A History of Creative Writing in French from West and Equatorial Africa

Paperback Published: 31st August 1981
ISBN: 9780521284035
Number Of Pages: 372

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This 1976 book provides both a historical survey and a critical analysis of the literature in French from West and Equatorial Africa. Professor Blair begins by discussing the social, educational and political influences which led to the formation of the Negritude movement and to a flowering of French-African creative writing. This historical approach is then complemented by a study of the different literary genres. She traces the evolution of the first manifestations of literary activity in French by African writers, the written folk-tale, fable and short story, from the oral tradition of the indigenous culture, and the eventual appearance of the novel with a legendary or historical theme. The origins of French-African drama are considered for the first time, and the work of the minor poets analysed. Finally, Professor Blair attempts a definition of the French-African novel, and studies examples from three major periods from the 1930s onwards.

Frontispiece
Preface
Map
Table
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: background to a literature
Earliest beginnings
Historical review
The educational system
First awakenings of Black consciousness and interest in Africa
The birth of Negritude
The Transition from Yesterday to Today
The oral tradition: the role of the griot
The evolution of the folk-tale, short story and fable
The heyday of folk-lore in French West African literature
The rear-guard and the decline of the folk-tale
Legends from Central and West Africa in novels and novellas
The historical novel
Dramatic Literature
Origins and development of a French language spectacle
Historical and legendary drama
Comedy, satire and morality plays
Conclusion
Negro-African Poetry: From Negritude to 'Disengagement'
The birth of Negritude
Conclusion
The African Novelist and the Negro-African Novel in French
Towards a definition of the African novel
1935-55: authors and works in the margin of commitment
1954-64: Around the anti-colonialist cause: 'Romans ... thse'
1958-64: period of transition: releasing the tensions of the past and drawing up blueprints for the future; 1964-74: in the light of Independence
Familiar writers - new inspirations
New voices in fiction
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliographical notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521284035
ISBN-10: 0521284031
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 31st August 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.54