CfP: Contemporary African Literature: Thematics and Criticism

Edited by J. K. S. Makokha (Free University of Berlin, Germany) & Leonard Acquah (University of Cape Coast, Ghana). We are seeking critical essays for a new edited volume on major works of African literature by new writers emerging after 2000 or by established writers but published after 2000AD. Contemporaries of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ngugi represent the two age groups of African writers. We are interested precisely in new critical essays focusing on themes and thematics in the new works of these two writers and/or their African contemporaries across the continent or living in Diaspora.

The first decade of the 21st Century has just ended affording critics with the window for retrospection needed in order to ensure objectivity in our critical enterprise as set out in the intention of this project. The aim of this celebratory collection of new essays is to offer emergent critical perspectives on the concerns highlighted in the exciting new literary output of African writers after the fin de siècle. The works under study should be in English or in other Afrophone or Europhone languages with English translations.

The contributions should be original and couched in relevant and current theories and frameworks of literary interpretation. Essays on new African literature that are related to the broad focus of the collection (i.e. theory of literature) and move beyond specific cases in an attempt to expand the discussion within a theoretical perspective are highly encouraged; the role of African literature or writers can be two good points of such a broad focus. Contributions are invited on essays that explore any of the following topics/themes/ideas in prose, poetry or play genres. Moreover, we explicitly invite contributions on topics or thematics not mentioned below but still fitting under this book project title above:

1. Representing the Diaspora
2. Gender
3. Memory and Hybridity
4. Cultural translation
5. Borderland subjectivities
6. Translocation and multilocality
7. Migration and nomadology
8. Multicultural and/or multilingual writing (narratives)
9. Traveling Selves
10. Maps and Mapping
11. Postmodernism and Postcolonialism
12. Genre Criticism
13. Politics of Writing/Cultural Politics
14. Democracy and Governance
15. African Renaissance and new Pan-Africanism
16. Urbanization and Cosmopolitanism

NB: Send us a short abstract of 300 words via the email by February 14, 2011 to JKS Makokha - makokha@zedat.fu-berlin.de (copy to jksmakokha@yahoo.com) and Leonard Acquah - leoacquah@yahoo.com.

The book will be published in 2012. Kindly note the important dates below:

1. February 14 - February 28, 2011 - Assessment and Selection of Abstracts.
2. March 1, 2011 - Notification of Acceptance.
3. March 5, 2011 - July, 5 2011 - Writing and Submission of Article.
4. July 5, 2011 - August, 5 2011 - Blind Peer Review Process.
5. August 5, 2011 - October 5, 2012 - Revision of Articles in line with Peer Review Reports.
6. October 6, 2011 - Deadline of Submission of revised articles.
7. December 5, 2011 - Submission of Complete Book Manuscript to Publishers.

The formatting guidelines will be sent on March 1, 2011 to the authors of the selected abstracts.

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