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Emerging writing from four African countries: genres and Englishes, beyond the postcolonial

DAWSON, E. (2012) Emerging writing from four African countries: genres and Englishes, beyond the postcolonial. African Identities, 10 (1). pp. 17-31. ISSN 1472-5843

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This article presents recent empirical research into emerging literature in English from four African countries. Employing ethnographic research methods to interrogate the current state of emerging writing in English from Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya, the research recognises the creative writing medium of ‘short stories’ to capture contemporary concerns of Africans living in the nations noted above. The short stories in this research project are newly sourced and are treated as data per se from which we are able to question the idea of emerging writing in English in these countries being ‘beyond the postcolonial’. In essence, the article presents data which suggest a shift from the classic postcolonial text to new, contemporary texts highlighting fresh departures in theme, genre and use of Englishes. The article demonstrates how the emerging writing captures and represents a sense of the zeitgeist of Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya respectively. This article presents distinctive scholarly arguments for the use of interdisciplinary enquiry (ethnographic methods to interrogate the field of literary studies) as well as presenting substantial new empirical data to support the notion that writing in English from former postcolonial countries is less indicative of the classic postcolonial text.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: African writing in English; postcolonial literature; World Englishes; new writing from Africa; emerging literature in English; interdisciplinary study; West African writing in English; East African writing in English
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Emma DAWSON VARUGHESE
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 09:56

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