ALT 39: Speculative & Science Fiction [Hardback]

Ernest Emenyonu(Editor); Chimalum Nwankwo(Author); Gabriel Bámgbóṣé(Contributor); Kayode Odumboni(Contributor); Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso(Contributor); Chimalum Nwankwo(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781847012852 | Published by: James Currey | Series: African Literature Today | Volume: 39 | Year of Publication: 2021 | 256p, H8.5 x W5.5,
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Over the past two decades, there has been a resurgence in the writing of African and African diaspora speculative and science fiction writing. Recent discussions around the "rise of science-fiction and fantasy" in Africa have led to a push-back, in which writers and scholars have suggested that science fiction and fantasy is not a new phenomenon in African literature, but that the deep past of the African world and its complex and mysterious foundations still register in burgeoning modern literary productions. Such influences can be seen in early twentieth-century writers such as D.O. Fagunwa's classic novel (1938) Ogboji Ode ninu Igbo Irunmale (The Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga), the mythopoeia of Elechi Amadi's The Concubine (1966) as well as the dystopian writing of Buchi Emecheta in The Rape of Shavi (1983). This volume shows this long tradition of speculative literature in examining African classics such as Kojo Laing's Woman of the Aeroplanes (1988) and the oeuvre of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The volume also critically examines modern African texts from writers including Nnedi Okorafor, Namwali Serpell and Masande Ntshanga, as well as critically looking at the terms 'Afrofuturism' and 'Africanfuturism' vis-à-vis their particular cultural aesthetics and suitability in describing tradition rooted African speculative arts.

This volume also includes a Literary Supplement.

Guest Editors: LOUISA UCHUM EGBUNIKE (Associate Professor in African and Caribbean Literature, Durham University) and CHIMALUM NWANKWO (Writer-in-Residence, Department of English and Literary Studies, Veritas University, Abuja, Nigeria).

Series Editor: Ernest N. Emenyonu (Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint)
Reviews Editor: Obi Nwakanma (Fellow, Department of English University of Central Florida).

Table of Contents

EDITORIAL ARTICLE
Introduction: Science & Speculative Fiction - What is Past and Present . . . and What is Future?
LOUISA UCHUM EGBUNIKE and CHIMALUM NWANKWO

ARTICLES
'Being very human in one of the most inhuman cities in the world': Lagos as a Site of Africanfuturist Invasion in Lagoon and Godhunter
JANELLE RODRIQUES

Southern Africannearfutures: black-tech, ambivalence, and speculation in Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift and Masande Ntshanga's Triangulum
JEFFREY G. DODD

Woman of the Aeroplanes and the Prediction of the Future
CHUKWUNONSO EZEIYOKE

Re-membering the Past: Black Panther, Sovereignty, and the Cultural Politics of Africanfuturism
KAYODE ODUMBONI

African Counter-utopias: from Counter-narratives to the Presentification of Alternative Worlds
ERIC TSIMI

Shifting the Frame: Re-imagining Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God as Speculative Narratives
CLARA IJEOMA OSUJI

Contemporary Ugandan Speculative Fiction: A Passing Fad or an Emerging Canon?
EDGAR NABUTANYI

Moving the Centre: Positions and Locations of African Speculative Fiction
JAMES ORAO

FEATURE ARTICLE
Reimagining Transracial Intimacy: The Cartography of Decolonial Love in Leila Aboulela's Something Old, Something New' and Tomi Adeaga's 'Marriage and Other Impediments'
GABRIEL BAMGBOSE

INTERVIEWS

With Chigozie Obioma
LOUISA UCHUM EGBUNIKE

With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
KADIJA GEORGE

With Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu
KUFRE USANGA

LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'Poison for the Dogs' (Short Story)
NAMUKHULA TSINUNI

'Wherever Something Stands Something Else Must Stand Beside It' (Short Story)
A. ONIPEDE HOLLIST

'The Song-Warrior' (Short Story)
REGINALD OFODILE

'Answers that will not be swallowed' (Poem)
'When a bitch eats her young' (Poem)
'This is how' (Poem)
'A Daughter, Coming Undone' (Poem)
'Crumbs' (Poem)
'Not Crying' (Poem)
IQUO DIANAABASI

'The String of Discord' (Poem)
"Destiny's Dish"
'Tasha' (Poem)
AISHA UMAR

'African Children' (Poem)
TIJANI ABDULLAHI OLANIYI

'Nun's Twilight Call' (Poem)
CLARA IJEOMA OSUJI

'To Mokwugo Okoye - A Forsaken Freedom Fighter' (Poem)
IFEOMA OKOYE

REMEMBERING ELDRED JONES (1925-2020)
Farewell, Othello's Countryman
NIYI OSUNDARE

Professor Eldred Jones: A Humanist and Critic
ELIZABETH I.A. KAMARA

TRIBUTE
Chukwuemeka Ike: An Administrator with a Cinematic Imagination
AUSTINE AMANZE AKPUDA

REVIEWS
Sakui Malakpa, Black Professor, White University
OBI NWAKANMA

Daria Tunca (ed), Conversations with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
KATE HARLIN

Ernest Emenyonu, The Literary History of the Igbo Novel: African Literature in African Languages
KUFRE USANGA

Jack Mapanje, Greetings from Grandpa
OLUFEMI DUNMADE

Ada Uzoamaka Azodo & Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo (eds), Resident Alien and Other Stories: An Anthology of Immigrant Voices from Africa and the African Diaspora
INI UKO

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