African Memoirs and Cultural Representations: Narrating Traditions (Hardcover)

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Oral traditions and creative oratures have been celebrated in African studies over the years, specifically from the 1950s, as the most important and viable correspondence, aside from material artifacts, between social "archeologists" attempting to penetrate the African preliterate past and the social-political and economic productions of that same past. In the memoirs chosen for this book, oral traditions are braided with personal experiences in the formation of the self, providing the basis of some African literary outputs and championed as having the ability to engineer the African knowledge system in global academe. In this regard, this work stressesthe concept that most memoir writing scholars feel that the production and presentation of the autobiographical self aredependent on the categories of individualism and relationality. The memoirists depict their own identities in their tales as not simply a part of their society but also one strongly impacted by prominent persons in their many lived settings. The bookdiscusses an approach that enables West African memoirists to review their cultural backgrounds in the light of living in other spaces and acquiring different experiences.

About the Author


Toyin Falola is an author and editor of over 150 books on Africa and the African Diaspora, and widely proclaimed as Africa's preeminent scholar and one of the major intellectuals of our time. A global icon in African Studies, Falola has received 16honorary doctorates.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781839987731
ISBN-10: 1839987731
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 250
Language: English