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Author: Christopher L. Miller
ISBN13: 978-0226528014
Title: Theories of Africans: Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa (Black Literature and Culture)
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Language: English
Category: History and Criticism
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (December 3, 1990)
Pages: 338

Theories of Africans: Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa (Black Literature and Culture) by Christopher L. Miller

Black literature and culture. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-321) and index. Geographic Name: Africa, French-speaking West Intellectual life. Geographic Name: Africa, French-speaking West In literature. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Theories of Africans : Francophone literature and anthropology in Africa, Christopher L. Miller.

Black Literature and Culture. 00 ISBN: 9780226528014 Published December 1990. book actually performs what so many of us only call for. Nowhere have all the crucial issues been brought together with the sort of critical sophistication it displays. -Henry Louis Gates, Jr. .a superb cross-disciplinary analysis.

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Miller makes Theories of Africans an even more nuanced study by situating European scholars (literary critics and anthropologists) within the vortex of debate about African culture. Writers from Mande have produced some of the finest examples of Francophone literature in Africa, works which lend themselves to anthropological contextualization. The book consists of six chapters and a conclusion. In chapters 1 and 2 Miller sets the stage for his specific readings of African works. Chapter 1 builds a theoretical framework for the Western analysis of African texts.

Christopher L. Theories of Africans: Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1990. 328 pp. Bibliography, Index, Photographs. Full text views reflects the number of PDF downloads, PDFs sent to Google Drive, Dropbox and Kindle and HTML full text views. Total number of HTML views: 0. Total number of PDF views: 0 .

African Literature (Francophone). Vol. 1. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2005. The term "Francophone African literature" is widely used to designate sub-Saharan African literature written in French by authors living in Africa or abroad. It derives from Francophonie, the nineteenth-century neologism coined by the French geographer Onesine Redus (1837-1916). In the 1930s, black students from the Caribbean and African French colonies rebelled against the assimilation policies of their education and vied to revalorize their common African cultural roots, which colonization had systematically devalued.

Theories of Africans: Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa. Christopher L. Publication Date: 01/12/1990. University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 9780226528014.

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Theories of Africans: Francophone Literature and Anthropology in Africa, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1990. Nationalists and Nomads: Essays on Francophone African Literature and Culture, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1998. Contributor of scholarly articles to journals and books, including The Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa, A New History of French Literature and Literary Theory and African Literature.

"Situating literature and anthropology in mutual interrogation, Miller's...book actually performs what so many of us only call for. Nowhere have all the crucial issues been brought together with the sort of critical sophistication it displays."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.". . . a superb cross-disciplinary analysis."—Y. Mudimbe
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I am not an Anthropologists and I have only dabbled in African literature. However, I was drawn to this title in seeking out viewpoints concerning what might be called an "orientalist" approach to Sub-Saharan Africa. Edward Said made the now universal "orientalist" term famous and it has been applied to more than just the orient. Sub-Saharan Africa is currently the focal point of United Nations peacekeeping activities. The Sahel has become the proving grounds for West African military cooperation with France and other world powers engaging in increasing military counter-extremist operations.

The question many are asking as the United States, the European Union, China and many others engage with Africa is, "what is the interest and is the perception of Africa too ethnocentric to prove beneficial?" This book does not claim in the least to answer these over arching questions but it does present a fascinating look into different theories on how to approach, explain and interpret African literature, which doubtless describes parts of politics and society. Christopher Miller focuses his attention on West Africa, specifically harvesting most of his sources from the Mande people. The sample of French literature, however, and his general discussions in each chapter are more than sufficient to draw a few continental conlusions.

The study of Africa is made all the more complicated when you ask "what Africa"? Miller discusses the theories behind ethnicity, nationalism and language in Africa. What influences and exposure, or lack of exposure, shaped the writings of African authors and poets in the 20th century? Is there any cultural or native perspective lost when the literature is presented in French, Portuguese or English? Like any portion of literature, it is too easy to read one's own interest and worldview into a piece of fictional literature. It is just as easy to find African authors promoting the French language and colonial assistance as it is to locate animosity towards the same colonizer from another reader's perspective of the same author.

If one is to draw conclusions about an "African" society, culture or political persuasion it takes more than surface reading of a work of literature. My favorite chapter spoke of "orality". How does one study oral literature? Even if griots (West African story-tellers) are known to embellish, even fabricate historical details in order to cater to their patron, does lack of written literature denote a flaw in a culture? Of course not. This is simply one more added dimension to interpreting and enjoying West African, Mande, literature.

The study of African cultures and social systems is complex. The internal and external influences, colonialism and indigenous languages as two examples, have created very unique and fluid environments. Honest and productive political engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa requires more than just book smarts. It would appear that everyone, including Africans themselves, can be easily duped into thinking they understand the cultural context. Assumptions are dangerous. Africa's fluid environment requires a constant dialogue, and a humble one at that.

In my own opinion, anyone should be able to discuss African litterature, culture, orality, religious syncretism, traditionalism and even counter-extremist military strategy without being accused of "ethnocentrism" or "orientalist" blindness. The African Francophone schooling system at the secondary school level discusses at length the French language influence, cultural uprooting, African traditional pride and the balance between loyalty and post-colonial bitterness. From studies of Mongo Beti to Chinua Achebe (Nigeria) to Cheikh Hamidou Kane, there continues lively debate on Africa's religious heritage. It is just as easy to find support for French influence and colonial reconciliation in litterature from L. S. Senghor and Bakary Diallo as it is to find the counter argument in other authors.

The study of Africa begins and ends not with litterature and book studies but with a personal interaction and investigation of the wonderful peoples and cultures first-hand.
Miller's book provides the reader with an extremely well thought-out interdisciplinary journey through the issues current in Francophone African literature. His careful analysis is fully supported through insistent references to a myriad of other works, and a conscientious and sensitive approach to discussing African literaure. I highly recomend it to anyone with interests in African discourse, literary theory, culture studies, anthropology, and textual practice.