Broadening the Horizon – Critical Introductions to Amma Darko


ISBN: 978-0-9547023-8-0

Author: Editor Vincent O. Odamtten


This much-anticipated collection of essays from eight of some of the most respected academics in the field brings a number of critical perspectives to focus on the signal work of the 21st Century Ghanaian writer Amma Darko. She is recognised in these inter-disciplinary essays as a significant writer whose storytelling talent documents for generations of Africans and other readers, the continent’s globalisation pains. What is revealed is a complex writer, who knows how to tell a good story, yet is confident enough in her art to deliver stinging and unflinching criticism of what Ghana has become as it, and its people, are evermore enmeshed in global capitalism.

The contributors critically situate the work of Amma Darko within the context of post-independence Ghanaian and continental writers such as Ayi Kwei Armah, Ama Ata Aidoo, Mariama Bâ and Florence Nwapa. As a fitting and challenging voice in the arena of literary production, Amma Darko’s novels have elicited sophisticated readings and represent a variety of ideological perspectives, and to some extent, divergent positions in feminist, deconstructive and political criticisms.

Key Selling Points
• A critical companion to Amma Darko’s novels which include Beyond the Horizon included in the (UK) Feminist Book Festival Top Twelve List in 1995.
• Would appeal to students and academics in schools, colleges and universities as well as the general reader.
• A writer of huge interest to academics interested in Feminist issues, with five published novels.
• The collection will be a valuable addition to course reading lists for Feminist, African Studies and Postcolonial Literature programmes.

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About the Editor
Vincent O. Odamtten is a poet and critic from Ghana. He is Professor in English at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York and was director of the Africana Studies Programme from 1990-99. He has written on African, Caribbean and African American literature and culture and has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of African Literature as well as the acclaimed volume The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo.