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Metaphor and the slave trade in West African literature.


Metaphor and the slave trade in West African literature.

Murphy, Laura T.

Ohio University Press


243 pages


Western African studies


Murphy (English, Loyola University, New Orleans) analyzes representation and remembrance of the slave trade found in Anglophone West African literature. After an overview of metaphor and memory in West African writing, the author studies four major authors of the region: Amos Tutuola's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts; Ben Okri's The Famished Road; Ayi Kwei Armah's Fragments; and childless mothers and dead husbands in the work of Ama Ata Aidoo. The author also looks at the long-term trauma that continues to afflict communities that were 'left behind' by slave traders, as evidenced in the work of other African authors, including Soyinka and Achebe. An epilogue chapter looks at the recent work of Nigerian author Obi Akwani and Ghanaian author Kwakuvi Azasu, whose historically driven novels of the slave trade represent the potential for an African historical novel tradition.

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