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Magical Realism in West African Fiction

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Magical Realism in West African Fiction by Brenda Cooper
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This work focuses on the cultural politics of magical realism, as exemplified in the fiction of Syl Cheney-Coker of Sierra Leone, Ben Okri of Nigeria and Kojo Laing of Ghana and contextualizes their fiction within current debates and theories around the "postcolonial" globally. Providing a thoughtful introduction to magical realism as a genre Cooper uses Cheney-Coker, Okri and Laing to discuss the particular and distinct intervention of magical realism in a West African context. She examines the narrative techniques of novels that mingle the dimensions of magic, myth and historical reality, and addresses their position in relation to the more explicitely nationalist agendas of the realism of Achebe and others.

Author Biography

Brenda Cooper is a Professor in the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town. Her previous book, To Lay These Secrets Open, 1992, debates the criteria for the evaluation of African fiction. She has also produced resources on the teaching of African literature in schools and colleges. These include Modern African Writing 1984, Debates, Dilemmas and Dreams 1992 and Nations: Stories of the World for Africa 1995.
Release date NZ
April 9th, 1998
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
258
Dimensions
156x234x24
ISBN-13
9780415182393
Product ID
1862154

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