African Literatures as World Literature

I’m delighted to announce the publication of African Literatures as World Literature, an essay volume that I’ve co-edited with Madhu Krishnan. It is part of Bloomsbury Academic’s “Literature as World Literature” series, and features pieces by a number of scholars and writers in the field of African literatures. The full contents list is below and you can find more information about the book here.


1. Introduction: African Literatures and the Problem of ‘the World’
Alexander Fyfe (University of Georgia, USA) and Madhu Krishnan (University of Bristol, UK)
2. ‘African Borders Are Unnatural’: Nairobi and the Rise of a World Literature
Bhakti Shringarpure (University of Connecticut, USA)
3. Can Nairobi ‘World’ without the ‘Great Kenyan Novel’?
Billy Kahora (University of Bristol, UK)
4. The Problem with French and the World: Imagining the Province and the Global in Francophone African Fiction
Sarah Arens (University of Liverpool, UK)
5. The First Ethiopian Novel in Amharic (1908) and the World: Critical and Theoretical Legacies
Sara Marzagora (King’s College London, UK)
6. The Kaiser, Angoche and the World at Large: Swahili Poetry from Mozambique as World (War) Literature
Clarissa Vierke (University of Bayreuth, Germany) and Chapane Mutiua (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique)
7. Early Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu Novels as World Literature
Ashleigh Harris (Uppsala University, Sweden)
8. African Multilingualism as an Asset in World Literature: A Case against Cultural Conformity and Uniformity
Munyao Kilolo (Writer, Editor and Journalist, Kenya)
9. New Cartographies for World Literary Space: Locating Pan-African Publishing and Prizing
Zamda R. Geuza (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) and Kate Wallis (University of Exeter, UK) 
10. Aké Festival and the African World Stage
Lola Shoneyin (Poet and Novelist, Nigeria)
11. Contemporary African Literature and Celebrity Capital
Doseline Kiguru (University of Bristol, UK)
12. Reversing the Global Media Lens: Colonial Spectacularization in the Writing of Binyavanga Wainaina 
Penny Cartwright (University of Bristol, UK)
13. The Facts at the Heart of the Matter: Character and Objectivity in the Making of the Fante Intelligentsia
Jeanne-Marie Jackson (Johns Hopkins University, USA)