Writers, writing on conflict and wars in Africa
2009 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Many African countries are caught up in perennial or recurrent political conflicts that often culminate in devastating wars. These flaring conflicts and wars create harrowing economic hardships, dire refugee problems, and sustain a sense of despair in such countries. By their nature, these conflicts and wars affect writers in profound and sometimes paradoxical ways. On the one hand, literature—whether fiction, poetry, drama, or even memoirs—is animated by conflict. On the other hand, the sense of dislocation as well as the humanitarian crises unleashed by wars and other kinds of conflicts also constitute grave impediments to artistic exploration and literary expression. Writers and artists are frequently in the frontline of resistance to the kinds of injustices and abuses that precipitate wars and conflicts. Consequently, they are often detained, exiled, and even killed either by agents of state terror or by one faction or another in the tussle for state control. Writers, Writing Conflicts and Wars in Africa is a collection of testimonies by various writers and scholars who have experienced, or explored, the continent’s conflicts and woes, including how the disruptions shape artistic and literary production. The book is divided into two broad categories: in one, several writers speak directly, and with rich anecdotal details about the impact wars and conflicts have had in the formation of their experience and work; in the second, a number of scholars articulate how particular writers have assimilated the horrors of wars and conflicts in their literary creations. The result is an invaluable harvest of reflections and perspectives that open the window into an essential, but until now sadly unexplored, facet of the cultural and political experience of African writers. The broad scope of this collection—covering Darfur, the Congolese crisis, Biafra, Zimbabwe, South Africa, among others—is complemented by a certain buoyancy of spirit that runs through most of the essays and anecdotes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd. and Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2009, 1. , 240 p.
Literature, Novels, Authors, Artists, Culture, Conflicts, Civil war, Politics, Criticism, Africa
General Literature Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-18ISBN: 9781906704520 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-18DiVA: diva2:220812
CONTENTS -- Chapter 1. Introduction/Okey Ndibe and Chenjerai Hove -- PART ONE. WRITING, TELLING AND DRAWING -- Chapter 2. Contemporary Projections: Africa in the Literature of Atrocity (Aftrocity)/Yvonne A. Owuor -- Chapter 3. Writing Between the Spaces of Conflict/Okey Ndibe -- Chapter 4. Small People, Big Wars: A Personal Memoir/Chenjerai Hove -- Chapter 5. War and the Written Word/Juliane Okot Bitek -- Chapter 6. The Nigerian Writer and the Niger Delta Crisis/Ogaga Ifowodo -- Chapter 7. A Lizard Grows Another Tail: The Persistence of War in My Writing/Thabisani Ndlovu -- Chapter 8. Seasons of Tragedy and Hope/Michael Woodman -- Chapter 9. Africa's World War: A Congolese Journey/Kevin Eze -- Chapter 10. Cattle raiding in South Sudan and the shadow of war/Skye Wheeler -- Chapter 11. Preachers on the train/Munyaradzi Makoni -- Chapter 12. The journey home: suitcase or coffin?/Lauryn Arnott -- PART TWO. REFLECTIONS AND CONVERSATIONS -- Chapter 13. 'Literature on Demand?' Violence and the Literary Imagination in Contemporary Southern African Fiction in English/David Bell -- Chapter 14. 'I can speak if I want to speak... Would you hear me if I called?' The Politics of Representation and the Poetics of Reception in What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng/John Masterson -- Chapter 15. Fictional Works of Ayi Kwei Armah as a Basis for Democracy and Reconstruction in West Africa/Anna Chitando -- Chapter 16. Engaging the Deaf through Song and Poetry: The Dilemma of the Nigerian Artist in a Season of Political Anomie/Hope Eghagha -- Chapter 17. Reflections on Inyenzi/Andrew Brown and Karin Samuel in Conversation2009-06-022009-05-292010-02-01Bibliographically approved