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Natures of Africa

Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms

F. Fiona Moolla (editor) Byron Caminero-Santangelo (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781868149131

Publication Date: Jun 2016

Format: Paperback

Environmental and animal studies are rapidly growing areas of interest across a number of disciplines. Natures of Africa is one of the first edited volumes which encompasses transdisciplinary approaches to a number of cultural forms, including fiction, non-fiction, oral expression and digital media. The volume features new research from East Africa and Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa.
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Environmental and animal studies are rapidly growing areas of interest across a number of disciplines. Natures of Africa is one of the first edited volumes which encompasses transdisciplinary approachesto a number of cultural forms, including fiction, non-fi ction, oral expression and digital media. The volume features new research from East Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as the ecocritical and eco-activist‘powerhouses' of Nigeria and South Africa.

The chapters engage one another conceptually andepistemologically without an enforced consensus of approach. In their conversation with dominant ideas about nature and animals, they reveal unexpected insights into forms of cultural expression of local communities in Africa. The analyses explore different apprehensions of the connections between humans, animals and the environment, and suggest alternative ways of addressing the challenges facing the continent. These include the problems of global warming, desertification, floods, animal extinctions and environmental destruction attendant upon fossil fuel extraction.

There are few books that show how nature in Africa is represented, celebrated, mourned or commoditised. Natures of Africa weavestogether studies of narratives – from folklore, travel writing, novels and popular songs – with the insights of poetry and contemporary reflections of Africa on the worldwide web. The chapters test disciplinary and conceptual boundaries, highlighting the ways in which the environmental concerns of African communities cannot be disentangled from social, cultural and political questions.

This volume draws on and will appeal to scholars and teachers of oral tradition and indigenous cultures, literature, religion, sociologyand anthropology, environmental and animal studies, as well as media and digital cultures in an African context.
Pages 288
Dimensions 230 x 150
Date Published 30 Jun 2016
Publisher Wits University Press
Subject/s Literature: history & criticism   Cultural studies   Environmentalist thought & ideology   Literary studies: post-colonial literature  
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: "Here is some baobab leaf!": Sunjata, foodways and biopiracy
  • Chapter 2: Shona as a land-based nature-culture: A study of the (re)construction of Shona land mythology in popular songs
  • Chapter 3: The environment as significant Other: The green nature of Shona indigenous religion
  • Chapter 4: Animal praise poetry and the Samburu desire to survive
  • Chapter 5: Voluntourism paradoxes: Strategic visual tropes of the natural on South African voluntourism websites
  • Chapter 6: Toward ecocriticism in Africa: Literary aesthetics in African environmental literature
  • Chapter 7: Critical intersections: Ecocriticism, globalised cities and African narrative, with a focus on K. Sello Duiker's Thirteen Cents
  • Chapter 8: Navigating Gariep country: Writing nature and culture in Borderline by William Dicey
  • Chapter 9: Negotiating identity in a vanishing geography: Home, environment and displacement in Helon Habila's Oil on Water
  • Chapter 10: Animal narrators in Patrice Nganang's Dog Days: An Animal Chronicle and Alain Mabanckou's Memoirs of a Porcupine
  • Chapter 11: Nature, animism and humanity in Anglophone Nigerian poetry
  • Chapter 12: Animals, nostalgia, and Zimbabwe's rural landscape in the poetry of Chenjerai Hove and Musaemura Zimunya
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes

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