2014 New Ngugi
An essential new essay collection
Mandelaâ€™s kinsmen, indirect rule and the roots of power
First president of Tanzania
Western Africa Series
hi g h l i g h ts
PA P E R BAC K OR I G I NA L
In the Name of the Mother
Reflections on Writers and Empire
Nationalist Elites and Apartheid’s First Bantustan TIMOTHY GIBBS
Gives insight into the complex connections between nationalist leadership of the ANC and their kinsmen inside the Transkei Bantustan state.
NG U GI WA THIONG’O
A major new essay collection. Renowned worldwide, as novelist and dramatist, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s contributions to the body of critical writing on African literature, politics and society have been highly significant. His best known critical work is Decolonising the Mind, which since publication in 1986 has profoundly influenced other writers, critics, scholars and students. These latest essays reflect Ngugi’s continuing interests and enthusiasms. His choice of writers is original. He makes us look again at their novels to address his lifelong concerns with the ways to independence, the meanings of colonialism and the takeover by neo-colonialism, and the functions of literature in political as well as literary terms. NGUGI WA THIONG’O is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is renowned for his essays, plays, and novels – the most recent being The Wizard of the Crow (2007, translated into English from Gikuyu) and his memoirs Dreams in a Time of War and In the House of the Interpreter. $24.95/£14.99 September 2013 978 1 84701 084 1 158pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB
Mandela’s Kinsmen is the first study of the fraught relationships between the ANC leadership and their relatives who ruled apartheid’s foremost “tribal” Bantustan, the Transkei. In the early 20th century, the chieftaincies had often been well-springs of political leadership. In the Transkei, political leaders, such as Mandela, used regionally rooted clan, schooling and professional connections to vault to leadership; they crafted expansive nationalisms woven from these “kin” identities. But from 1963 the apartheid government turned South Africa’s chieftaincies into self-governing, tribal Bantustans in order to shatter African nationalism. Gibbs uncovers the institutions and networks that connected the nationalist leadership on Robben Island and in exile to their kinsmen inside the Transkei Bantustan state – relationships that calmed the ethnic conflicts that almost derailed South Africa’s political transition. TIMOTHY GIBBS is Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. $80.00/£45.00(s) March 2014 978 1 84701 089 6 222pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana: Jacana
East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda): EAEP
NEW IN THE WESTERN AFRICA SERIES
Commercial Agriculture, the Slave Trade and Slavery in Atlantic Africa Edited by ROBI N L AW, SU Z ANNE SC HWARZ & SILKE STRIC KRODT
Commercial African agriculture and slavery, both international and domestic. From the beginnings of European trans-Atlantic maritime trade, the export of agricultural produce from Africa represented a potential alternative to the slave trade.
Labor Migration, Afflicting Spirits, and Christian Therapy in the Presbyterian Church of Ghana ADAM MOH R
Argues that Ghanaian Presbyterian communities have become more enchanted as they have become more integrated into capitalist modes of production. Adam Mohr draws on a specific Weberian concept of religious enchantment to frame the discussion of spiritual affliction and spiritual healing within the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, particularly under the conditions of labor migration: first, in the early twentieth century during the cocoa boom in Ghana and second, at the turn of the twenty-first century in the context of the healthcare migration from Ghana to North America.
The idea gained greater currency in the context of the movement for the abolition of the slave trade from the late eighteenth century onwards, when the promotion of commercial agriculture in Africa was seen as a means of suppressing the slave trade. At the same time, the slave trade itself stimulated commercial agriculture in Africa, to supply provisions for slave-ships in the Middle Passage. Commercial agriculture was also linked to slavery within Africa, since slaves were widely employed there in agricultural production. Although Abolitionists hoped that production of export crops in Africa would be based on free labour, in practice it often employed enslaved labour, so that slavery in Africa persisted into the colonial period.
ADAM MOHR is a Senior Writing Fellow in Anthropology with the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
ROBIN LAW is Emeritus Professor of African History, University of Stirling; SUZANNE SCHWARZ is Professor of History, University of Worcester; SILKE STRICKRODT is Research Fellow in Colonial History, German Historical
$80.00/£55.00(s) November 2013 978 1 58046 462 8 24 b/w illus.; 252pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
$90.00/£50.00(s) October 2013 978 1 84701 075 9 288pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Western Africa Series
Relying on extensive archival research, oral historical interviews, and participant-observation group interviews conducted in North America, Europe, and West Africa, the study provides evidence that the more these Ghanaian Calvinists became dependent on capitalist modes of production, the more enchanted their lives, and, subsequently, their church became, although in different ways within these two migrations.
Cover image: a detail from Birdcall 1 by Victor Ekpuk, used with his kind permission. Copyright Victor Ekpuk.
NEW PAP ERBACK S
A History of Malawi 1859-1966
The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World
JOHN M C CR ACKEN
R EBEC C A SH UM WAY
S OL I M AR OT E RO
The first full account of Malawi’s colonial history. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources, John McCracken has written the comprehensive history of Malawi during the colonial period. Central themes are the shaping of the colonial economy, the influence of Christianity, resistance to colonial occupation and the rise of a powerful nationalist movement that contained within it the seeds of a new authoritarianism. JOHN MCCRACKEN is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Stirling University.
[A] magisterial account [and] a landmark event in the country’s historiography. T H E S O C IET Y OF MAL AWI JOURNAL
$34.95/£19.99 September 2012 978 1 84701 064 3 10 b/w illus.; 503pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB
Examines the history of the Fante people of southern Ghana during the transatlantic slave trade, 1700 to 1807. Rebecca Shumway brings to life the survival experiences of southern Ghanaians as they became both victims of continuous violence and successful brokers of enslaved human beings. The era of the slave trade gave birth to a new culture in this part of West Africa, just as it was giving birth to new cultures across the Americas. Her book pushes Asante scholarship to the forefront of African diaspora and Atlantic World studies by showing the integral role of Fante middlemen and transatlantic trade in the development of the Asante economy prior to 1807. REBECCA SHUMWAY is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh.
An elegantly written masterpiece of a crucial period in West African history. A NTHROP OLO GY OF T H I S CENT U RY
Foundations of an African Civilisation
Aksum and the northern Horn, 1000 BC – AD 1300 DAVI D W. PHI LLI PSON
A single coherent narrative of Aksumite civilisation. Focusing on the pre-Aksumite and Aksumite states of the first millennium AD in northern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea, their development, florescence and eventual transformation into the so-called medieval civilisation of Christian Ethiopia, this is a major re-interpretation of a key development in Ethiopia’s past. It also discusses methodological issues of the relationship between archaeology and other historical disciplines; these issues, which have theoretical significance extending far beyond Ethiopia, are discussed in full. DAVID W. PHILLIPSON is the former Director,
Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Professor of African Archaeology. Published in association with the British Institute in Eastern Africa $29.95/£16.99 April 2014 978 1 84701 088 9 52 b/w illus.; 304pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB Eastern Africa Series
$34.95/£19.99 January 2014 978 1 58046 478 9 15 b/w illus.; 244pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Crafting Identity in Zimbabwe and Mozambique EL IZ A BET H M AC GONAGL E
Shows how the Ndau of southeast Africa actively shaped their own identity over a fourhundred-year period. With this first comprehensive history of the Ndau of eastern Zimbabwe and central Mozambique, Elizabeth MacGonagle moves beyond national borders to show how cultural identities are woven from historical memories that predate the arrival of missionaries and colonial officials on the African continent. Drawing on archival records and oral histories from throughout the Ndau region, her study analyzes the complex relationships between social identity and political power from 1500 to 1900. ELIZABETH MACGONAGLE is assistant professor of African History at the University of Kansas.
[A] smoothly written, concise, and exhaustively documented account. […] For anyone working on the history of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique borderlands, this is an excellent place to start reading. A ME R ICAN H I STOR ICAL R EVI EW $24.95/£16.99 August 2013 978 1 58046 365 2 8 b/w illus.; 205pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
A study of the interchange between Cuba and Africa of Yoruban people and culture during the nineteenth century. Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World explores Yorubabased constructions of Diaspora and home in Cuba and Nigeria. Drawing on archival sources, original ethnographic fieldwork done in Lagos, and literary texts from Cuba, Otero reveals and probes the histories and contemporary legacies of connected Afro-Cuban-Yoruba communities moving back and forth between Lagos and Havana from the nineteenth century on. SOLIMAR OTERO is associate professor of English and a folklorist at Louisiana State University.
An innovative study. WEST ER N F OLKLOR E Completely changes the understanding of the idea of the African diasporas. Lucas BU LLET IN $29.95/£19.99 July 2013 978 1 58046 473 4 12 b/w illus.; 260pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
The Last Two Frontiers JOH N M ARKAK I S
Ethiopia’s transformation from a multicultural empire into a modern nation state. Ethiopia has been undergoing a centurylong effort to integrate a multicultural empire into a modern nation state. There are two frontiers that need to be crossed to reach the desired goal: the monopoly of power inherited from the empire builders and zealously guarded by a ruling class; and the arid lowlands on the margins of the state, where the process of integration has not yet reached. JOHN MARKAKIS is a political historian who has devoted a professional lifetime to the study of Ethiopia and its neighbours in the Horn of Africa.
Essential reading for all who want to understand how the Ethiopian empire arrived at its present configuration. LucaS BU LLET I N $34.95/£19.99 August 2013 978 1 84701 074 2 399pp, 21.6 x 13.8 (8.5 x 5.4 inches), PB Eastern Africa Series
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NE W PAP E R BACKS
Ghosts of Kanungu
Indirect Rule in South Africa
R ICHARD VOKES
J. C . MYERS
Fertility, Secrecy & Exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa Shortlisted for the Herskovits Award. Richard Vokes examines the Kanungu fire of March 2000, when several hundred members of a Christian sect, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTC) burnt to death in Southwestern Uganda. His research reveals the history of this sect, the colonial history of the region, the current AIDS epidemic and the effects of globalization in the Great Lakes region. RICHARD VOKES is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide.
A tour de force in historical ethnography and anthropological detective work. ET HNO S : JOU RNAL OF AN THROPOLO GY
$34.95/£18.99 September 2013 978 1 84701 072 8 18 b/w illus.; 256pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB African Anthropology Uganda: Fountain Publishers (PB)
The Urban Roots of Democracy and Political Violence in Zimbabwe
Harare and Highfield, 1940-1964 TIMOT HY SCARNEC C HIA
A timely examination of African politics during the formative years of Zimbabwean nationalism. Providing biographical sketches of key personalities within the genealogy of nationalist politics, Timothy Scarnecchia weaves an intricate narrative that traces the trajectories of earlier democratic traditions in Zimbabwe, including women’s political movements, township organizations, and trade unions. He suggests that intense rivalries for control of the nationalist leadership after 1960 and Cold War funding for rival groups contributed to a unique political impasse, ultimately resulting in the largely autocratic and violent political state today. TIMOTHY SCARNECCHIA is assistant professor of African history at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
An important and provocative work. A F R IC AN HISTORY
$24.95/£16.99 August 2013 978 1 58046 363 8 10 b/w illus.; 240pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Tradition, Modernity, and the Costuming of Political Power
Re-thinking Gender in Africa SIGNE ARNFRE D
The ways in which South African leaders struggle to legitimize themselves through the costuming of political power. Indirect rule – the British colonial policy of employing indigenous tribal chiefs as political intermediaries – has typically been understood by scholars as little more than an expedient solution to imperial personnel shortages. A re-examination of the history of indirect rule in South Africa reveals it to have been much more: an ideological strategy designed to win legitimacy for colonial officials and the basic template from which segregation and apartheid emerged during the twentieth century. J. C. Myers is Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus. $24.95/£16.99 August 2013 978 1 58046 362 1 1 b/w illus.; 156pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Empire, Development and Colonialism The Past in the Present
Edited by M ARK DU FFI E L D & V ER NON H EW I T T
A unique contribution to the renewed debate about empire and imperialism. The parallels between the language of nineteenth-century liberal imperialism and the humanitarian interventionism of the post-Cold War era are striking. The American military, both in Somalia in the early 1990s and in the aftermath the Iraq invasion, used ethnographic information compiled by British colonial administrators. Are these interconnections, which are capable of endless multiplication, accidental curiosities or more elemental? A thought-provoking collection. P OLITICAL ST U DI ES R EVI EW
$29.95/£17.99 September 2013 978 1 84701 077 3 223pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Namibia): HSRC Press
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Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique
Winner of the 2012 gender research award KRAKA-prisen. Current and historic gender policies share certain basic assumptions about women, men and gender relations - but to what extent do such assumptions fit the ways in which rural Mozambican men and women see themselves? This acclaimed study provides a discussion of Mozambican gender policies with a focus on the post-Independence years, but it is also a conceptual discussion – facilitated by African feminist thinking – of how to understand gender and sexuality, with the lives and views of Mozambican men and women as the point of departure. SIGNE ARNFRED is Associate Professor, Department of Society & Globalization, and Centre for Gender, Power & Diversity, Roskilde University.
A unique and immensely valuable anthropological and historical study. LU CAS BU LLET I N $34.95/£19.99 February 2014 978 1 84701 087 2 18 b/w illus.; 320pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB
Bondmen in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century New Jersey K E NN ET H E . M ARSHAL L
Examines the lives of enslaved people and ideas of gender. Manhood Enslaved reconstructs the lives of three male captives to bring greater intellectual and historical clarity to the lives of enslaved peoples in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century central New Jersey, where blacks were held in bondage for nearly two centuries. It argues that the lives of bondpeople in America were shaped not only by the powerful forces of racial oppression, but also by their own notions of gender. KENNETH E. MARSHALL is assistant professor of history at the State University of New York at Oswego.
A richly detailed portrayal of the many-faceted daily lives of enslaved people JOU R NAL OF AM ER ICAN H I STORY
$29.95/£17.99 August 2013 978 1 58046 435 2 222pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Gender and Race in American History
ANT HROP OLOGY / GEND ER STUD I E S
African Local Knowledge & Livestock Health
WILLIAM BEI NART & KA R EN BROW N
A much needed examination of contemporary approaches to animal healing in South Africa, informed by a strong understanding of history. This book argues that African approaches to animal health rest largely in environmental and nutritional explanations. The authors explore the widespread use of plants as well as biomedicines for healing. While rural populations remain concerned about supernatural threats, and many men think that women can harm their cattle, the authors challenge current ideas on the modernisation of witchcraft. They examine more ambient forms of supernatural danger expressed in little-known concepts such as mohato and umkhondo. They take the reader into the homesteads and kraals of rural black South Africans and engage with a key rural concern – vividly reporting the ideas of livestock owners. This is groundbreaking research which will have important implications for analyses of local knowledge more generally as well as effective state interventions and animal treatments in South Africa. WILLIAM BEINART is Rhodes Professor of Race
Relations, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford; KAREN BROWN is Research Associate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. $90.00/£50.00(s) November 2013 978 1 84701 083 4 18 b/w illus.; 286pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland): Wits University Press
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That eventful life arced from birth in Southern Rhodesia 1952, through education and work in Oxford and London, to a premature death in 1987, in what had by then become Zimbabwe. His writing remains dazzling in its intellectual richness and in the fierce singularity of his authorial voice. Here Grant Hamilton, editor of Reading Marechera (James Currey), gives us a brief but compelling introduction to Marechera and his work. read more
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A great strength of having two dynamic, influential African Studies imprints is that we consistently cover a multiplicity of themes and subjects. This article, however, comes from a new source, our Camden House imprint, which mostly focuses on German, American and English literature.
We relish new approaches to African studies, so the chance of a piece on CH’s new book Remembering Africa was just too good to miss. So here’s Jim Walker, Editorial Director of Camden House, interviewing Dirk Göttsche on his groundbreaking treatment of the fascinating themes of colonialism and Africa in German literary fiction. Anyone interested in colonial history or literary representations of Africa will find much to consider here. read more
Even the most casual observer will be aware, courtesy of media pieces often edged with alarmist or cautionary overtones, of the high levels of Chinese investment in Africa over recent years. Kenneth King’s new book, China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa (James Currey), should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in China’s attitude and commitment to the continent, since it explains the significance of China’s increasing role as an education donor there. Prof. King’s recent interview reveals a great deal about Chinese intentions and methods. read more
FROM STRUGGLE TO POWER TO…FAILURE?
SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW PLACE IN THE WORLD
Once an international pariah, South Africa has emerged in the 21st-century as a respected and influential African state, projecting its economic and political power across the continent.
Roger Southall has studied Southern African politics for over 30 years and can view the long trajectories of the Zimbabwean, Namibian and South African liberation movements in their entirety, from opposition and struggle to the assumption of power and, it’s often claimed, eventual disappointment and failure.
South Africa and the World Economy (University of Rochester Press), the new book from William G. Martin, chronicles the volatile history of this resurgence and offers clear yet contentious lessons for the present.
As is clear from the following discussion, it’s a fascinating and absorbing topic. read more
Issue VI, Spring 2013
CHINA AND AFRICA
CHINA’S AID & SOFT POWER IN AFRICA
As novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, Dambudzo Marechera stands alone – which given the events of his turbulent life may well be how he would have preferred it.
The next issue of the
His new book, Liberation Movements in Power (James Currey), studies and compares all three movements in detail, as never before. The picture, as he admits in this exclusive interview, “is complicated”…. read more
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The Reverend Jennie Johnson and African Canadian History, 1868-1967
Edited by WALT E R VAN BE E K & A N N ET T E S C H M I DT
NI NA RE I D - M ARONEY
Cultural Dynamics of Tourism
Diseases & Treatments in South Africa
A UNIVERSE OF THOUGHT
African Hosts and their Guests
Africa is a ‘theme park’ for Western tourists to experience untouched wilderness, untamed nature, and truly ‘authentic’ cultures, where the hosts, too, are part of a discourse about the ‘other’. For Western tourists Africa embodies the Romantic ideal of ‘nature’, where they go to have adventures in the game parks and encounters with colourful cultures and picturesque people. In the long list from slavery to colonialism and from liberation to globalisation, international tourism is one of the latest global dynamics engaging the people on the continent, but the agency of the receiving partners is much larger than it was in the colonies. The differences stand out in what constitutes the heart of this book, the encounter in the field between ‘hosts’ and ‘guests’. $90.00/£50.00(s) September 2012 978 1 84701 049 0 32 b/w illus.; 352pp, 25.4 x 17.8 (10 x 7 inches), HB
A unique and powerful view of nearly one hundred years of the struggle for freedom in North America. After her conversion at a Baptist revival at sixteen, Jennie Johnson followed the call to preach. Raised in an African Canadian abolitionist community in Ontario, she immigrated to the United States to attend the African Methodist Episcopal Seminary at Wilberforce University. On an October evening in 1909 she stood before a group of Free Will Baptist preachers in the small town of Goblesville, Michigan, and was received into ordained ministry. She was the first ordained woman to serve in Canada and spent her life building churches and working for racial justice on both sides of the national border. NINA REID-MARONEY is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Huron University College at Western (London, Ontario). $90.00/£60.00(s) April 2013 978 1 58046 447 5 6 b/w illus.; 196pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Gender and Race in American History
Photography in Africa Edited by R IC HARD VOK E S
An ethnographic account of the complexities of the use of photography in Africa, both historically and in contemporary practice. This collection of studies in African photography examines, through a series of empirically rich historical and ethnographic cases, the variety of ways in which photographs are produced, circulated, and engaged across a range of social contexts. It critically engages current debates in African photography and visual anthropology and makes an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between photography and ethnographic research methods. These essays and Richard Vokes’s presentation offer fascinating examples of photography’s intersection with ethnography. AF R ICAN AF FAI R S $29.95/£17.99 July 2013 978 1 84701 053 7 110 b/w illus.; 288pp, 25.4 x 17.8 (10 x 7 inches), PB
Also by Richard Vokes: Ghosts of Kanungu. See page 4.
Women and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Cuba S AR AH L . FR AN K L I N
How patriarchy operated in the lives of the women of Cuba, from elite women to slaves. Based on a variety of archival and printed primary sources, this book examines how patriarchy functioned outside the confines of the family unit by scrutinizing the foundation on which nineteenthcentury Cuban patriarchy rested. It investigates how patriarchy operated in the lives of the women of Cuba, from elite women to slaves. Through chapters on motherhood, marriage, education, public charity, and the sale of slaves, insight is gained into the role of patriarchy both as a guiding ideology and lived history in the Caribbean’s longest lasting slave society. SARAH L. FRANKLIN is assistant professor of history at the University of North Alabama. $90.00/£60.00(s) June 2012 978 1 58046 402 4 2 b/w illus.; 240pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
The African Diaspora
Slavery, Modernity, and Globalization TOYIN FALOL A
In this definitive study of the African diaspora in North America, Toyin Falola offers a causal history of the western dispersion of Africans and its effects on the modern world. The African diaspora is arguably the most important event in modern African history. From the fifteenth century to the present, millions of Africans have been dispersed – many of them forcibly, others driven by economic need or political persecution – to other continents, creating large communities with African origins living outside their native lands. The majority of these communities are in North America. This historic displacement has meant that Africans are irrevocably connected to economic and political developments in the West and globally. Among the known legacies of the diaspora are slavery, colonialism, racism, poverty, and underdevelopment, yet the ways in which these same factors worked to spur the scattering of Africans are not fully understood–by those who were part of this migration or by scholars, historians, and policymakers. In this definitive study, Toyin Falola offers a causal history of the western dispersion of Africans and its effects on the modern world. Reengaging old and familiar debates and framing new ones that enrich the discourse surrounding Africa, Falola isolates the thread, running nearly six centuries, that connects the history of slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and current migrations. A boon to scholars and policymakers and accessible to the general reader, the book explores diverse narratives of migration and shows that the cultures that migrated from Africa to the Americas have the capacity to unite and create a new pan-Africanist movement within the globalized world. TOYIN FALOLA is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
This tour de force shows mastery of the literature and the themes that connect Africa to its diaspora. A gift that will be well appreciated by both academics and nonacademics. E DMU ND ABAKA, associate professor of history, U niversity of Miami
Students of African history and economics, Africana migration, critical race theory, and development studies will find it hard to ignore this enriching contribution to global Africana scholarship. TU N DE BEWAJI, professor of
philosophy, U niversity of the West Indies
$85.00/£55.00(s) July 2013 978 1 58046 452 9 21 colour illus.; 48 b/w illus.; 446pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
The Quest for Socialist Utopia The Ethiopian Student Movement, c. 1960-1974 BA H RU Z EW DE
A lively account of the rise of Ethiopia’s student movement by one of those involved. In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, the Ethiopian student movement emerged from innocuous beginnings to become the major opposition force against the imperial regime in Ethiopia, contributing perhaps more than any other factor to the 1974 revolution that brought about the end of Haile Sellassie’s reign. The movement would be of fundamental importance in the shaping of the future Ethiopia, instrumental in both its political and social development. Bahru Zewde, himself one of the students involved, describes the steady radicalisation of the movement that culminated in the ascendancy of MarxismLeninism by the early 1970s. BAHRU ZEWDE is Emeritus Professor of History at Addis Ababa University and Vice President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. $90.00/£50.00(s) January 2014 978 1 84701 085 8 13 b/w illus.; 320pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), HB Eastern Africa Series
Colonialism and Violence in Zimbabwe A History of Suffering H EIK E I. S C H M I DT
A highly original treatment of significant topics in African Studies and beyond: violence, colonialism, landscape, memory and religion. Historian Heike Schmidt challenges the apparently inseparable twin pairing of Africa and suffering. Even in situations of great distress, she argues, individuals and groups may articulate their social desires and political ambitions, and reforge their identities – as long as the experience of violence is not one of sheer terror. She emphasizes the crucial role women, chiefs, and youths played in the renegotiation of a sense of belonging during different periods of time. Based on sustained fieldwork, Colonialism and Violence offers a compelling history of suffering in a small valley in Zimbabwe over the course of 150 years.
South Africa – The Present as History
From Mrs Ples to Mandela and Marikana JOH N S . S AU L & PAT RIC K B ON D
An analysis of the historic roots of power in contemporary South Africa. Here is a major history of South Africa from earliest times, with today’s post-apartheid society interpreted in light of its earlier history. The authors track the course of South African history from its origins to apartheid in the 1970s; through the crisis and transition of the 1970s and 1980s to the historic deal-making of 1994 that ended apartheid; to its recent history from Mandela to Marikana, with increasing signs of social unrest and class conflict. Finally, the authors reflect on the present situation in South Africa with reference to the historical patterns that have shaped contemporary realities and the possibility of a ‘next liberation struggle’. JOHN S. SAUL is Professor Emeritus at York University (Canada). PATRICK BOND is Senior Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban). $70.00/£40.00(s) April 2014 978 1 84701 092 6 302pp, 23.4 x 15.6, (9 x 6 inches), HB Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana): Jacana
South Africa and the World Economy
Remaking Race, State, and Region W I L L IAM G. M ART I N
Chronicles the volatile history of the resurgence of South Africa as a respected and influential African state Once an international pariah, South Africa now projects its economic and political power across the continent. This volume chronicles its rise as an industrialized, white state and subsequent decline as a newly under-developing country to its current standing as a leading member of the Global South. Contrasting with much of the latest scholarship, the book places the country in the global social system, analyzing its relationships with the colonial powers and white settlers of the early twentieth century, the costs of the neoliberal alliances with the North, and the more recent challenges from the East.
HEIKE SCHMIDT is a Research Associate at the
WILLIAM G. MARTIN is chair of the Department of Sociology at Binghamton University.
$95.00/£55.00(s) February 2013 978 1 84701 051 3 16 b/w illus.; 303pp, 23.4 x 15.6, (9 x 6 inches), HB
$75.00/£50.00(s) May 2013 978 1 58046 431 4 282pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
African Studies Centre, University of Oxford.
Approaching African History MICHAEL BRET T
Explores how the conception of Africa and its history has changed over time. This book takes as its subject the last 10,000 years of African history, and traces the way in which human society on the continent has evolved from communities of hunters and gatherers to the complex populations of today. Approaching that history through its various dimensions: archaeological, ethnographic, written, scriptural, European and contemporary, it looks at how the history of such a vast region over such a length of time has been conceived and presented, and how it is to be investigated. The problem itself is historical, and an integral part of the history with which it is concerned, beginning with the changing awareness over the centuries of what Africa might be. MICHAEL BRETT is Emeritus Reader in the
History of North Africa at SOAS. $90.00/£50.00(s) January 2013 978 1 84701 063 6 368pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
An Engagement with African Nationalism, 1957-67 TE R ENCE R ANGER
An engaging personal account of Zimbabwe’s political awakening. Terence Ranger’s memoir of the years between 1957, when he first went to Southern Rhodesia, and 1967 when he published his first book, is both an intimate record of the African awakening which he witnessed, and of the process which led him to write Revolt in Southern Rhodesia. Intended as both history and as historiography, Writing Revolt is also about the ways in which politics and history interacted. The men with whom Ranger discussed Zimbabwean history were the leaders of African nationalism; his seminar papers were sent to prisons and into restricted areas.
Regional Integration, Identity and Citizenship in the Greater Horn of Africa Examines how regional integration can resolve the crises of the Greater Horn of Africa. The Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) is engulfed by wars, debilitating poverty and environmental degradation. The contributors to this volume address the need for regional integration in the GHA in order to tackle this three-pronged crisis. They identify those factors that can foster integration as well as those that impede it; explain how regional integration can mitigate the conflicts; and examine how integration can help to energise the region’s economy.
TESHALE TIBEBU is professor of history at Temple
Ethnicity in Zimbabwe
$90.00/£60.00(s) December 2012 978 1 58046 428 4 230pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
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The Freetown Bond
Transformations in Kalanga and Ndebele Societies, 1860-1990 A comparative study of identity shifts in two large ethnic groups in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Beginning in 1860, a year after the establishment of the Inyati mission station in the Ndebele Kingdom, and ending in the postcolonial period, Enocent Msindo’s book asserts that the creation of ethnic identity in Matabeleland was not solely the result of colonial rule and the new colonial African elites, but that African ethnic consciousness existed prior to this time, formed and shaped by ordinary members of these ethnic groups. It demonstrates the ways in which debates around ethnicity and other identities in Zimbabwe relate to wider issues in both rural and urban Zimbabwe past and present.
A remarkable work and one I would urge anyone with an interest in this period to read.
Zimbabwe and Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Namibia): Weaver Press
This study of one of the most prolific and knowledgeable blackworld intellectuals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries shows the contradictions, ambiguities, complexities, and paradoxes in Blyden’s powerful black racial nationalism. His voluminous writings laid the groundwork for some of the most important ideas of African and black diasporic thinkers of the twentieth century, including Frantz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, Chiekh Anta Diop, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, and Walter Rodney.
A classic example of intellectual history...this clearly written, jargon-free study will be the definitive history of his ideas for decades to come. C HOIC E
$99.00/£65.00(s) September 2012 978 1 58046 418 5 8 b/w illus.; 320pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
N EW L EFT PROJEC T
A critical study of intellectual and writer, Edward Wilmot Blyden.
$50.00/£30.00(s) November 2012 978 1 84701 058 2 280pp, 21.6 x 13.8 (8.5 x 5.4 inches), HB Eastern Africa series
ENOCENT MSINDO is Senior Lecturer in History at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
$34.95/£19.99 February 2013 978 1 84701 071 1 6 b/w illus.; 218pp, 21 x 14.5 (8.25 x 5.75 inches), PB
T E SHAL E T I BE BU
Edited by KI DANE M E NGI ST E AB & R EDIE BE RE K ET E AB
TERENCE RANGER is Emeritus Rhodes Professor
of Race Relations, University of Oxford.
Edward Wilmot Blyden and the Racial Nationalist Imagination
A Life under Two Flags
E L DRE D DU RO SI M I JON E S with M ARJORI E JON E S
Eldred Durosimi Jones’ vivid autobiography. Eldred Durosimi Jones is known internationally as central to the establishment of the study of African writing in the new universities of Africa, Britain and North America. The annual African Literature Today which he set up in 1968, is a key marker of this growth. Born in 1925, this account of his early years gives a vivid picture of growing up in Freetown in the latter days of British colonial rule. After completing his education at Oxford, Eldred Jones committed himself to his own country, Sierra Leone, and over the next thirty years was successively Lecturer, Professor, Principal and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Fourah Bay College in Freetown. ELDRED DUROSIMI JONES is Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. $50.00/£30.00(s) November 2012 978 1 84701 055 1 16 b/w illus.; 188pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), HB
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Civic Agency in Africa
Arts of Resistance in the 21st Century Edited by EBENEZER OBA DA R E & WENDY WI LLEMS
Examines the variety of mostly unorganized and informal ways in which Africans exercise agency and resist state power in the 21st century. The recent wave of popular protests across North Africa and the Middle East has stimulated debate on the meaning and strategies of resistance in the 21st century. This book examines the modes and practices of resistance in Africa today, how they impinge on the state, and the kinds of state formations that are emerging as a response to citizen action. Firmly grounded in recent conceptual debates in African Studies on agency, resistance, civil society and the post-colonial state, it contributes to a better understanding of processes of social change taking place across the continent. EBENEZER OBADARE is Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology, University of Kansas; WENDY WILLEMS is Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). $80.00/£45.00(s) February 2014 978 1 84701 086 5 238pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
Liberation Movements in Power Party and State in Southern Africa RO G ER SOUTHALL
Asks to what extent liberation movements have fulfilled promises of democracy. The liberation movements of Southern Africa arose to combat racism, colonialism and settler capitalism. After victory they moved into government embodying the hopes and aspirations of their supporters and international solidarity movements. But what happens to them once they take power? This book explores the experiences of ZANU-PF, SWAPO and the ANC in government and analyses their evolution into political machines. The author concludes that their essence as progressive forces is dying, and that hopes of a genuine liberation throughout the region will depend upon political realignments alongside moral and intellectual regeneration. ROGER SOUTHALL is Professor Emeritus in
Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. $80.00/£45.00(s) May 2013 978 1 84701 066 7 400pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
Dealing with Government in South Sudan
Histories of Chiefship, Community and State C H ER RY L E ONARDI
Explores chiefly authority in South Sudan, from its historical origins to its current roles in the newly independent country. Chiefs in South Sudan have become the focus of much attention in recent years as national and international policy-makers attempt to build peace and design structures of government in the newly independent nation. This book addresses a significant paradox in African studies more widely: if chiefs were the product of colonial states, why have they survived or revived in recent decades? This study will be of particular importance not only to scholars of Sudan, of Africa and of local governance, but also to policymakers and practitioners working in South Sudan. CHERRY LEONARDI is a Lecturer in African History at Durham University. Published in association with the British Institute in Eastern Africa. $80.00/£45.00(s) June 2013 978 1 84701 067 4 8 b/w illus.; 271pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), HB Eastern Africa Series
Conflict and Security in Africa Edited by R I TA ABR AHAM SE N
Spans the period from the cold war to the ‘war on terror’ and examines the political economy dynamics of security and insecurity on the continent. More than any other part of the globe, Africa has become associated with conflict, insecurity and human rights atrocities. In the popular imagination and the media, overpopulation, environmental degradation and ethnic hatred dominate accounts of African violence, epitomized in Robert Kaplan’s nightmare vision of ‘the coming anarchy’ (Kaplan, 1993). This Review of African Political Economy Reader provides a critical contribution to contemporary debates about conflict and security on the continent. RITA ABRAHAMSEN is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada. Published in association with ROAPE $34.95/£19.99 September 2013 978 1 84701 078 0 240pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB ROAPE African Readers
The Early Years T HOMAS MOLON Y
A uniquely detailed portrayal of the formative years of Tanzania’s first president and the influences that led him to enter politics. Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999), former Prime Minister and then President of Tanganyika, and the first President of Tanzania, was a man whose political life was uniquely and inextricably bound into the history of the nation he created. Yet, though known in Tanzania as ‘Baba wa Taifa’, Father of the Nation, there is still no adequate biography. This book presents the first truly rounded portrait of Nyerere’s formative early life, helping us to see his later political achievements in a new light. The focus is from his birth in 1922, until his graduation from Edinburgh in 1952. It was after returning to Tanganyika from Edinburgh that ‘Mwalimu’ (the teacher) left teaching, formally entered politics, and led efforts to deliver Tanganyika territory to independence. Drawing on interviews with his contemporaries and those he knew, from village elders to staff at the University of Edinburgh and Nyerere’s devoted personal assistant, as well as archival sources, including his letters as a student and files that the colonial authorities kept on him, this revelatory and engaging account allows us to see Nyerere afresh. THOMAS MOLONY is Lecturer in African Studies and Programme Director of the African Studies Centre’s MSc in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. $45.00/£25.00 June 2014 978 1 84701 090 2 16 b/w illus.; 250pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
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China’s Aid and Soft Power in Africa
From the Pit to the Market
The Case of Education and Training
Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone
KENNETH KI NG
DIA N E F RO ST
Edited by JÖRG GE RT E L , RIC HARD ROT T E N BU RG & S AN DR A C AL K I N S
The significance of China’s role as education donor in Africa. While China’s dramatic economic and trade impact, particularly on Africa, has caught global attention, little focus has yet been given to its role as an education donor – and especially to the critical role of China’s support for training and development for Africans in China and within Africa itself. It is vital that we understand what is going on, and why education is so important in China-Africa relations. Here is hard evidence from Ethiopia, South Africa and Kenya of the dramatic growth of China’s soft power and increasing impact in capacity-building, and of the implications of this for Africa, China and the world. KENNETH KING is Professor Emeritus, University
$34.95/£19.99 May 2013 978 1 84701 065 0 256pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Issues
Argues that corporate neo-colonialism in the diamond trade of Sierra Leone has served to restrict its social and economic growth. Diamonds have played an important role in the political economy of Sierra Leone, as was highlighted by the use of ‘conflict’ or ‘blood’ diamonds in the decade-long civil war. Yet their role is larger than this. Exploited by global business interests, whose corporate neo-colonialist predation has led to continued deprivation and reliance on aid, Sierra Leone’s diamonds have also been used to finance factions in Lebanon’s civil war, criminal networks in the US and Russia, and al-Qaeda. This study will be of importance not only for scholars of African studies, but for NGOs and those with a wider interest in development.
$34.95/£19.99 November 2012 978 1 84701 060 5 6 b/w illus.; 248pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Issues
$90.00/£50.00(s) April 2014 978 1 84701 054 4 268pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), HB Eastern Africa Series
The Economics of Ethnic Conflict The Case of Burkina Faso AFRICAN ISSUES
$34.95/£19.99 October 2012 978 1 84701 059 9 2 b/w illus.; 202pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Issues
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CHINA’S AID AND SOFT POWER IN AFRICA
The Case of Education and Training KENNETH KING
THE FRONT LINE RUNS THROUG H EVERY WOMAN
Women and Local Resistance in the Zimbabwean
China’s role as a re-emerging aid donor in Africa, and in particular its support in education, training and human resource development.
Liberation War ELEANOR O’GORMAN
£19.99/$34.95 May 2013 978 1 84701 065 0 224pp, PB
Theorizes the experiences of women in wartime, and specifically of African during Zimbabwe’s anti-colonial women struggle.
£17.99/$29.95 October 2011 978 1 84701 040 7 4 b/w illus.; 208pp, PB Zimbabwe:
FROM THE PIT TO THE MARKET Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone DIANE FROST
Argues that corporate neocolonialism in the diamond trade of Sierra Leone has served to restrict its social and economic growth, excluding and marginalizing it from the club of wealthier nations, and causing it to continue to rely on international aid.
THE ROOT CAUSES OF SUDAN’S CIVIL WARS (Revised Edition)
D OUGL AS H. JOHNSON
Revised with an analysis of the escalation of the Darfur war, implementation of the peace agreement and implications of the Southern referendum.
£19.99/$34.95 November 2012 978 1 84701 060 5 12 b/w illus.; 192pp, PB
SOUTH AFRICA’S GOLD MINES AND THE POLITICS OF SILICOSI S
£16.99/$29.95, June 2011 978 1 84701 029 2 3 line illus.; 256pp, PB Uganda: Fountain Publishers
This richly detailed anthropological account of the policies and practices of Burkina Faso, set against the background of the region’s developing economies and ethnic diversity, examines the social, economic and political transformation of Western Africa. Behind the screen of ethnic conflicts, lie vibrant ‘concealed economies’ that have led to new economic and political practices at almost all levels of national and civil administration. ANDREAS DAFINGER is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest. $80.00/£45.00(s) August 2013 978 1 84701 068 1 224pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB Western Africa Series
China, India and the Politics of Asian Alternatives Eds. DANIEL L ARGE & LUKE A. PATEY
Places Sudan’s oil industry, its economy, external relations and changing politics under the impact of the Darfur conflict and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, in the wider context of the expansion of Asia’s global economic strength.
£19.99/$34.95 October 2012 978 1 84701 059 9 2 b/w illus.; 208pp, PB
Investigates development practice, civil organization formation and the increase of ethnically motivated conflicts over the past two decades in Western Africa.
SUDAN LOOKS EAST
JO CK M C CULLO CH
Examines the twentieth-century silicosis crisis in the South African mining industry, and reveals how the rate of, often fatal, tuberculosis among black migrant miners was hidden for over a century.
Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland & Botswana): Jacana
ANDRE AS DAFI NGE R
This ground-breaking series continues to tackle the most compelling and pressing issues in Africa today.
JOCK MCCULLOCH was a Legislative Research
Specialist for the Australian parliament and has taught at various universities. His books include Asbestos Blues.
This book explores the new dynamics of landgrabbing in the two Sudans, as territorial claims to land and resources are challenged by small-scale and international actors, the structural conditions that mould pastoral livelihoods in the two Sudans and the different conditions that obtain in local regions. Through a political economy of the region, and a diverse collection of case studies, it shows how pastoral livelihoods are increasingly being differentiated, regrouped in new clusters and exposed to new risks.
DIANE FROST is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool.
JO CK MC C ULLO C H
This book reveals how the South African mining industry, abetted by a minority state, hid a pandemic of silicosis for almost a century, and allowed workers infected with the potentially fatal tuberculosis to spread disease to rural communities in South Africa and to labour-sending states. The first crisis of 1896-1912, which focused on minority white workers, resulted in dramatic improvements and South Africa becoming renowned for its mine safety. The second began in 2000 with mounting scientific evidence that the disease rate among black migrant miners is more than a hundred times higher than officially acknowledged.
Examines the commodification of land rights, the effect of international licences for resource extraction and how they are actually experienced by the pastoral communities of the two Sudans.
JÖRG GERTEL is Professor of Economic Geography at Leipzig University; RICHARD ROTTENBURG is Chair of Anthropology at the University of Halle; SANDRA CALKINS is a research associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Leipzig.
South Africa’s Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis Examines the 20thcentury silicosis crisis in the South African mining industry.
Land, Commodification and Conflict in Sudan
£16.99/$29.95 November 2011 978 1 84701 037 7 7 line illus.; 216pp, PB
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Reading Nuruddin Farah The individual, the novel & the idea of home F. F IONA MO OLL A
A close analysis of Farah’s novels tracks the contradictions implicit in the notion of the modern, disengaged self. Moolla’s analysis of one of Africa’s most important writers, Nuruddin Farah, traces his work through the history of the novel as a form and its progressive investigations into modern identities. She examines his writing within the framework of Somali society, Islamic traditions and changing political contexts – most significantly the nature and condition of exile – a major theme in his novels. She also explores Nuruddin Farah’s engagement with women’s lives – female characters and their quest for identity being central rather than peripheral to his stories – something that has always distinguished him from many other male African writers. F. FIONA MOOLLA is a lecturer in the Faculty of
Arts at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. $80.00/£45.00(s) March 2014 978 1 84701 091 9 220pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
Reading Marechera Edited by GR ANT HAM ILTON
Dambudzo Marechera’s work as novelist, poet, playwright and essayist is discussed in relation to other free-thinking writers.
ALT 31 Writing Africa in the Short Story
The Swahili Novel
African Literature Today
Challenging the Idea of ‘Minor Literature’
Edited by ERN E ST N. E M E NYON U
X AVI E R GARN I E R
The short story and its place within the study and criticism of African literature. African writers have, much more than the critics, recognized the beauty and potency of the short story. Always the least studied in African literature classrooms and the most critically overlooked genre in African literature today, the African short story is now given the attention it deserves. Contributors here take a close look at the African short story to re-define its own peculiar pedigree, chart its trajectory, critique its present state and examine its creative possibilities. ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA; the editorial board is composed of scholars from US, UK and African universities. $34.95/£18.99 November 2013 978 1 84701 081 0 191pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Literature Today
An overview of the Swahili novel and a reflection on the status and dynamism of Kafka’s concept of ‘minor literature’. For more than fifty years a dynamic modern literature has been developing in the Kiswahili language. The political weight that it carries as the emerging national and pan-national language of many East African countries places this literature at the centre of heated literary debates on the social function of literature in the context of rapid global social change. This obsession with social issues relates to larger political debates running through East Africa: in its press, its streets, its public and private places. The novels both record and provoke these debates. XAVIER GARNIER teaches African Literature at the Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. $90.00/£50.00(s) October 2013 978 1 84701 079 7 204pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
Breaking the Silence
South African Representations of HIV/AIDS EL L EN G Rü N K E M E I E R
Examines the South African HIV/AIDS epidemic through creative texts and their impact.
Considered one of Africa’s most innovative and subversive writers, the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera is read today as a significant voice in contemporary world literature. Marechera wrote ceaselessly against the status quo, against unqualified ideas, against expectation. He was an intellectual outsider who found comfort only in the company of other free-thinking writers – Shelley, Bakhtin, Apuleius, Fanon, Dostoyevsky, Tutuola. It is this universe of literary thought that one can see written into the fiction of Marechera that this collection of essays sets out to interrogate.
South Africa is one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS, and much can be gained from approaching its epidemic through creative texts such as novels, photographs, films, cartoons and murals because they produce and circulate meanings of HIV/AIDS and its various facets such as its ‘origin’, ‘transmission routes’ and ‘physical manifestations’. Other aspects explored are the denial of HIV/AIDS, its stigmatisation, discriminatory practices, modes of disclosure, access to anti-retroviral medication, as well as the role of alternative treatment.
GRANT HAMILTON is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
ELLEN GRÜNKEMEIER is a lecturer and researcher in the English Department at Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany.
$34.95/£19.99 January 2013 978 1 84701 062 9 1 b/w illus.; 208pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB
$90.00/£50.00(s) July 2013 978 1 84701 070 4 19 b/w illus.; 251pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
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A New Generation of African Writers
Migration, Material Culture and Language BRE N DA C O OPE R
New African writers and ideas of migration. Migration is a central theme of much African fiction written in English. Here, Brenda Cooper tracks the journeys undertaken by a new generation of African writers and their protagonists to depict the material realities of their multiple worlds and languages. The writers’ challenge is to find an English that can effectively express their many lives, languages and identities. BRENDA COOPER is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town.
A great resource for students, teachers and researchers of African literature.
AF R ICAN R ESEARCH AND D O CUM ENTAT ION
$29.95/£17.99 July 2013 978 1 84701 076 6 192pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), PB Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland): University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
LIT ERARY ST UD IES / T H E AT R E
Out in Africa
CHA N TAL Z ABUS
BER N TH L I N DFORS
Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures & Cultures
Performing Shakespeare in Europe, 1852-1855
Traces representations of same-sex desire in Africa through historic and contemporary sources. Homosexuality was and still is thought to be quintessentially ‘unAfrican’. Yet in this book Chantal Zabus examines the anthropological, cultural and literary representations of male and female same-sex desire from early colonial contacts between Europe and Africa in the nineteenth century to the present. Covering a broad geographical spectrum, from Mali to South Africa and from Senegal to Kenya, and adopting a comparative approach encompassing two colonial languages (English and French) and some African languages, Out in Africa charts developments in Sub-Saharan African texts and contexts through the work of 7 colonial writers and some 25 postcolonial writers. CHANTAL ZABUS is IUF Professor in Comparative Postcolonial Literatures and Gender Studies at Université Paris 13 (now SorbonneParis-Cité). $80.00/£45.00(s) November 2013 978 1 84701 082 7 312pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6 inches), HB
African Theatre 12
Shakespeare in and out of Africa Edited by M ART I N BANHAM ,
JAM E S GI BB S & FE M I O S OFI SAN
A key volume for Shakespeare, African theatre and postcolonial cultural scholars, promoting debate on the role of Western cultural icons in contemporary postcolonial cultures.
Describes the “glory years” of Ira Aldridge’s first Continental tour, during which he won more awards and honors, often conferred by royalty, than any other actor of his day. The third volume of Bernth Lindfors’s awardwinning biography of Ira Aldridge traces the American-born black classical actor’s itinerary on his first Continental tour, recounting his performances and analyzing audience responses to them. Audiences in Europe wanted to see him in Shakespearean roles rather than in the racial melodramas and farces that were popular in the British Isles. As a consequence, Aldridge concentrated almost exclusively on performing as Othello, Shylock, Macbeth, and Richard III. In the course of his travels, he won more major international awards and honors than any other actor of his day. BERNTH LINDFORS is Professor Emeritus of
English and African Literatures, University of Texas at Austin. $55.00/£35.00(s) December 2013 978 1 58046 472 7 21 b/w illus.; 352pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
This volume takes as its starting point an interrogation of the African contributions to the Globe to Globe Festival staged in London in 2012, where 37 Shakespeare productions were offered, each from a different nation. Five African companies were invited to perform and there are articles on four of these productions, examining issues of interculturalism, postcolonialism, language, interpretation and reception. The contributors are both Shakespeare and African theatre scholars, promoting discourse from a range of geographical and cultural perspectives. The playscript in this volume is Femi Osofisan’s Wesoo, Hamlet! or the Resurrection of Hamlet. $34.95/£19.99 November 2013 978 1 84701 080 3 6 b/w illus.; 192pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Theatre
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The Rediscovery of Colonialism in Contemporary German Literature DIR K GÖT T SC HE
Colonialism and Africa as presented in some fifty German novels from the past three decades. In the late 1990s a surge of historical novels about German colonialism in Africa and its previously neglected legacies hit the German literary scene. This development has continued to the present, making colonialism an established literary theme. This is the first comprehensive study of this intense literary engagement with German colonialism and with Germany’s wider involvement in European colonialism. It brings the hitherto neglected German case to the international debate in postcolonial literary studies. DIRK GÖTTSCHE is Professor of German at the University of Nottingham.
A L S O AVA I L A B L E
The Early Years, 1807-1833 and The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852 BER N TH L I N DFORS
The first two volumes of Lindfors’s acclaimed biography. Two volume set. Volume I received the 2012 Errol Hill Award, given by the American Society for Theatre Research for outstanding scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies. A work of monumental scholarship. A FRICA N TH EAT R E
A meticulously researched account...handsomely produced. TIM ES LI T ER ARY SU PPLEM ENT $99.00/£65.00(s) October 2011 978 1 58046 401 7 660pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6), HB Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
African Theatre 11 Festivals
Edited by JAM E S GI BB S
How international theatre festivals have been organised and how they affect the evolution of sustainable theatre. During the last fifty years, those working in the cultural sectors in African countries have attempted to write history by organising festivals. Under banners such as ‘Reclaiming the African Past’ and ‘African Renaissance’, they have used the performing arts to address a variety of topical issues and to confront images embedded by a century of patronising colonial expositions. $34.95/£18.99 November 2012 978 1 84701 057 5 176pp, 21.6 x 14 (8.5 x 5.5 inches), PB African Theatre
$95.00/£60.00(s) May 2013 978 1 57113 546 9 494pp, 23.4 x 15.6 (9 x 6), HB Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
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