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An African Popular Literature : A Study of Onitsha Market Pamphlets - Emmanuel N. Obiechina

An African Popular Literature

A Study of Onitsha Market Pamphlets

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Published: 24th September 1973
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This 1973 text was the first detailed study of that phenomenon of the African literary scene, Onitsha market literature. Pen names and pamphlet titles adopted by Onitsha authors have often been the subject of amused comment, but it took a long time for Onitsha writing to be recognised for what it is: a genuinely popular literature, unique on Africa, written in English by Africans for an exclusively African audience. What are the origins of this literature? Why did it start in Onitsha? Why do certain themes recur? Where have the writer acquired their unconventional attitudes to love, marriage, sex? What influences have shaped the robust and unorthodox language they use? Dr Obiechina answers these questions and asks what we can learn from the Onitsha authors about social change in Nigeria - how do they attempt to reconcile the traditional rural community and the aggressive individualistic urban society with alien values?

Foreword
Introduction
Literature for the masses
Passport to the happy life
Romantic love: its sources for West Africa
Daughters and fathers
The love of love
The reign of Shakespeare: style
The newspaper and the cinema
Religion and morals
Conclusion
Appendix
A bibliography of the pamphlet literature
Index
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ISBN: 9780521097444
ISBN-10: 0521097444
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 24th September 1973
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.33