Kwani? Online - Mis-Appreciation of African Literature’

In ‘Mis-Appreciation of African Literature’ (101), David Kaiza argues that fights over the reading African literature ought to concern us in Africa only as a curiosity; we have, for good and for worse, inherited a body of work already. It is not our place to doubt what is ours. He adds that we who would continue creating art and literature on the continent ought to concern ourselves with technical questions to start the kind of reading which should have been done years ago; to say if a book is written well or badly, to compare what we experience inside the pages and compare them to what we experience outside of them.Read the full article here.

CIRCA 1969: THE DEATH OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

In this second and last part of his letter to Philip Ochieng, Taban lo Liyong decries the poor quality of the African - and particularly East African - creative writing that seemed to emerge after the creation of the Department of African Literature. It is a sombre reflection on what Taban sees as a continuing lack of seriousness on the part of writers on the continent and region whom he says, do not read widely enough, do not strive hard enough to understand the religions, languages and traditions from around the world that would inform deeper literature. Read the full article here.

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