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CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS: War, Mortality and the Postcolonial Narrative in Africa

Organization: Royallite Academic
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, British, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2021-03-31 Abstract Due: 2021-01-01 Submit Abstract


Two decades into the 21st century, the state in Africa remains a theatre of repression by state actors employing the coercive apparatuses of state, often to silence those who dare to speak against injustice. Ordinary people as well as intellectuals, especially writers, have often found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Civil wars and, in recent times, murderous insurgencies like Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria, The Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and Al-Shabaab in Somalia have added to the spectre of state-induced insecurity. Some Afropessimists would cite these as symptomatic of state failure in Africa. Postcolonial African literature continues to document these issues across genres.  We invite articles for a book on subjects pertaining, but not limited, to the following theme and sub-themes:



Custodial Atrocities and Brutality: Postcolonial Readings of:

Alan Paton: Cry the Beloved Country (1948)
Wole Soyinka: The Man Died (1972)
Agostinho Neto: Sacred Hope (1974)
Kofi Awoonor: The House by the Sea 1978)
Dennis Brutus: Stubborn Hope (1980)
Jack Mapanje: Of Chameleons and Gods (1981)
Ngugi wa Thiongo: Detained (1984)
Chinua Achebe: Anthills of the Savannah (1987)
The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison (1993)
James Matthews: Poems from a Prison Cell (2001)


War, Mortality and the Postcolonial Narrative in Africa


Christopher Okigbo, Ken Walibora, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Tejumola Olaniyan, Harry Garuba, Abiola Irele, Molara Ogundipe-Leslie and Kofi Awoonor
The Nigerian War Novel, Poetry & Drama
Representations of Mau Mau in Kenyan National Literature


Ousman Sembene: Camp de Thiaroye (1987; “The Camp at Thiaroye”)
Boubacar Boris Diop: The Book of Bones 2001)
Veronique Tadjo: The Shadow of Imana (2002)


Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (1994)
Chinua Achebe: There Was a Country 2012)
John Mahama: My First Coup d’état and Other Stories (2013)


Submit original contribution.

The book will be published with an ISBN.

No submission fee.



Amos Ojwang