Remapping African Literature

  • Olabode Ibironke

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Olabode Ibironke
    Pages 1-20
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  4. Olabode Ibironke
    Pages 185-234
  5. Olabode Ibironke
    Pages 235-281
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-336

About this book


This book is an exploration of the material conditions of the production of African literature. Drawing on the archives of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, it highlights the procedures, relationships, demands, ideologies, and counterpressures engendered by the publication of three major authors: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiongo. As a study of the history and techniques of African literary texts, this book advances a theory of reciprocity of effects - what it terms 'auto-heteronomy' - to describe the dynamic of formalist activism by which texts anticipate and shape the forces of literary production in advance. It serves as a departure from the 'death of the author' thesis by reconsidering the role of the author in African literature and culture industry, as well as the influence of African publics on writers’ aesthetic choices, and on the overall processes of production. This work is a major contribution to African literary history, literary criticism, and book history. 


African Writers Series Golden Age of African literature Decolonisation of Africa Literary production Postcolonial book history

Authors and affiliations

  • Olabode Ibironke
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, NJUSA

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