Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorUimonen, Paula
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-16T12:39:01Z
dc.date.available2020-11-16T12:39:01Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.isbn9789176351239en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789176351215en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789176351222en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/42985
dc.description.abstract"By invoking Flora Nwapa, this monograph draws attention to Nigerian women writers in world literature, with an emphasis on femininity and spirituality. Flora Nwapa’s Efuru (1966) was the first internationally published novel in English by a female African writer. With the establishment of Tana Press in 1977, Flora Nwapa also became the first female publisher in Africa. Although Flora Nwapa has been recognized as the ‘mother of modern African literature’, she is not sufficiently acknowledged in world literary canons or world literature studies, which is something this monograph aspires to redress, with the help of earlier studies, especially Nigerian scholarship. Drawing on the Efuru@50 celebration in Nigeria in 2016, this book explores the revival of Flora Nwapa’s fame as the pioneer of African women’s literature. Using an ethnographic rather than biographical approach, it captures Flora Nwapa’s literary practice in the context of the Nigerian literary scene and its interlinkages with world literature. The ethnographic portrayal of Flora Nwapa is complemented with an exposé of a select number of contemporary Nigerian women writers, based on interviews during fieldwork in Nigeria. The book uses concepts like creolized aesthetics and womanist worldmaking to advance scholarly understandings of world literature, which is conceived here as a pluriverse of aesthetic worlds. Exploring experimental ethnographic writing, the book combines the genres of creative non-fiction, descriptive ethnography and scholarly analysis, in an effort to make the text more accessible to academic as well as non-academic readers. Through travel notes the experience of fieldwork is shared in a candid manner. Detailed ethnography from the Efuru@50 literary festival is presented to show the expansion of Flora Nwapa’s fame. In-depth analyses of Flora Nwapa’s literary works and the cultural context of her literary practice cover a wide range of themes, from feminine storytelling and children’s literature, to publishing and digitalization. The theoretical discussion draws on anthropological, literary and African womanist theory to contextualize and explore the central themes of femininity and spirituality in world literature. Inspired by the social change perspective of African womanism and critical decolonial theory, the book makes a contribution to current efforts to explore a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world of many worlds. Paying close attention to gender complementarity and sacred engagements in Flora Nwapa’s literary worldmaking, it shows how world literature can help us create other possible worlds of human, spiritual and environmental coexistence."en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAnthropology & Societyen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJH African historyen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::4 Educational purpose qualifiers::4P Designed / suitable for other (non-UK) curricula & examinations::4PZ Designed / suitable for South African examinations & educational levelsen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFS Social groups::JFSJ Gender studies, gender groupsen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::D Literature & literary studies::DS Literature: history & criticismen_US
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropologyen_US
dc.subject.otherpluriverseen_US
dc.subject.otherwater goddessen_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican womanismen_US
dc.subject.othercreolized aestheticsen_US
dc.subject.otherliterary worldmakingen_US
dc.subject.otherAfrican women writersen_US
dc.titleInvoking Flora Nwapaen_US
dc.title.alternativeNigerian women writers, femininity and spirituality in world literatureen_US
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.16993/bbeen_US
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy8137467e-e537-45b2-b1c8-94fc2574b729en_US
oapen.series.number2en_US
oapen.pages256en_US
oapen.place.publicationStockholmen_US
oapen.remark.publicFunder: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)/Grant number: M15-0343:1


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record