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African Studies

Selected E-Books

Works of Criticism

The Cambridge history of African and Caribbean literature / edited by F. Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

African theatre for development: art for self-determination / edited by Kamal Salhi. Exeter : Intellect, 1998.

Facts, fiction, and African creative imaginations / edited by Toyin Falola and Fallou Ngom. New York : Routledge, 2009.

Companion encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African film / edited by Oliver Leaman. London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.

Language and Literature

African Language Materials Archive -- Literary works

African Language Materials Archive -- Language learning materials, including video

Selected Literary Works from the Literature Online Collection

Texts in the Literature Online collection:

South African Poetry Collection 

African Dramatists include:

Aidoo, Christina Ama

Bandele-Thomas, Biyi

Imbuga, F.D.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (James Ngugi)

Onwueme, Osonye Tess

For a complete list of African dramatists in the Literature Online collection, click "Texts," then "Drama," and select the appropriate country from the Nationality search box.

Finding Literary Texts in QuickSearch

Choose Advanced Search. From the drop-down menu on the left, change Any Field to the Subject field. Try following subjects, to search as a phrase. Click Search.

Nigeria [South Africa, etc.]-- Literary collections
South African Literature
Nigerian Drama
South African Poetry
South African literature (English)--Women authors
Women--South Africa--Literary collections

Finding Works of Criticism in QuickSearch

Choose Advanced Search. From the drop-down menu on the left, change Any Field to the Subject field. You can search an author's name (last name, first name", followed by Criticism and interpretation.

For example, a subject search for:

Achebe, Chinua -- Criticism and interpretation

This will only search for books about the works of Chinua Achebe, not the works he wrote.


You will also want to use subject headings such as:

African literature -- 20th century [or 21st century, etc.] -- History and criticism
African literature (English) --  20th century -- History and criticism
Authors, Nigerian [South African, etc.] -- 20th century -- biography
Mozambican literature (Portuguese) -- 20th century -- History and criticism


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