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"... a useful introduction to an important field of African creative writing that has been invisible for the most part in North America and Europe."
—Eileen Julien

Readings in African Popular Fiction explores the social, political, and economic contexts of popular narratives by bringing together new and classic essays by important scholars in African literature and eight primary texts. Excerpts from popular magazines, cartoons, novellas, and moral and instructional pamphlets present African popular fiction from all areas of the continent. Selections include essays on Hausa creative writing, the influence of Indian film in Nigeria, Onitsha market literature, writing and popular culture in Cameroon, Kenyan romances, Swahili literature, art and cartoons, works by South African writers of the 1950s, and popular crime thrillers in Malawi. Stephanie Newell’s introduction engages themes and trends in popular fiction in contemporary Africa.

Contributors are J. C. Anorue, Misty Bastian, Felicitas Becker, Richard Bjornson, William Burgess, Michael Chapman, Don Dodson, Dorothy Driver, Roger Field, Bodil Folke Frederiksen, Graham Furniss, Raoul Granqvist, Paul Gready, Ime Ikiddeh, J. Roger Kurtz and Robert M. Kurtz, Alex La Guma, Brian Larkin, Bernth Lindfors, Charles Mangua, Gomolemo Mokae, Ben R. Mtobwa, Njabulo Ndebele, Nici Nelson, Stephanie Newell, Sarah Nuttall, Donatus Nwoga, Alain Ricard, Lindy Stiebel, and Balaraba Ramat Yakubu.

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Stephanie Newell is Smuts Memorial Research Fellow in African Studies at the University of Cambridge. She is author of Literary Culture in Colonial Ghana (just approved for IUP co-pub with Manchester UP), Ghanaian Popular Fiction (Currey; Ohio, 2000), and editor of Images of African and Caribbean Women: Migration, Displacement, Diaspora (Centre for Commonwealth Studies, 1996), Images of African Women: The Gender Problematic (Centre for Commonweatlh Studies, 1995), and Writing African Women: Gender, Popular Culture, and Literature in West Africa (Zed Books, 1997).

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I know of no other book like this one and it provides an introduction to an extremely important but ignored cultural phenomenon...an important field of African writing that has been invisible for the most part in North America and Europe. The range of articles examining the reading practices of the majority of Africans on the continent forces a reconsideration of the idea of 'African literature'.- Eileen Julien, Indiana University ... this volume is essential reading not only for specialists in the field but for all those interested in African cultural life. It provides an invaluable sources of material for scholars, teachers and students of African literature as well as for a more general readership wishing to familiarise themselves with less widely known African popular texts, theory and criticism.' - Sue Kossew in ARAS This is a rich and intelligently conceived anthology... the examples presented here also challenge the usual paradigms now taken for granted in postcolonial studies, and demonstrate that 'subaltern voices' so often assumed to be silent or suppressed can be heard loud and clear if one cares to locate oneself outside Western academies and networks. - C.L. Innes, University of Kent at Canterbury

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