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Autobiography, Memory and Nationhood in Anglophone Africa (Routledge Studies in African Literature)

Autobiography, Memory and Nationhood in Anglophone Africa (Routledge Studies in African Literature)

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Publication Date: August 25th, 2022
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This book provides an important critical analysis of the autobiographies of nine major leaders of national liberation movements in Africa. By examining their self-narratives, we can better understand how decolonisation unfolded and how activist-politicians sought to immortalise their roles for posterity.

Focusing on the autobiographies of Peter Abrahams, Albert Luthuli, Ruth First and Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria), Kenneth Kaunda (Zambia), George Mwase (Malawi), Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana), Maurice Nyagumbo (Zimbabwe), and Oginga Odinga (Kenya), the book uncovers the social and cultural forces which galvanized the anti-colonial resistance movement in African societies. In particular, the book explores the disdain for foreign domination, economic exploitation and cultural imperialism. It delves into themes of African cultural sovereignty before the colonial encounter, the disruptive presence of colonialism, the nationalist ferment against European imperial domination, the achievement of political autonomy by African nation-states and the corpus of contradictions which attended postcolonial becoming.

With important insights on how these key historical figures navigated the process of self-determining nationhood in Africa, this book will be of interest to researchers of African literature, history, and politics.

About the Author

David Ekanem Udoinwang is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Akwa Ibom State University, Nigeria where he teaches Black and African autobiography, digital and eco-critical literatures. In 2017, he was AHP/ACLS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa.James Tar Tsaaior is a Professor of English, Media and Cultural Studies and a Senior Associate Research Fellow in the Department of English of The University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Until recently, he was Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Centre for Anglophone and American Studies, University of Potsdam, Germany.