Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Texts represents an invaluable contribution to the emerging body of African masculinity studies drawing on epic, folk tales, proverbs and song genres. The book explores the pervasive influence of orality on patterns of thought, underlying notions of masculinity in African societies through the work of writers such as Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ahmadou Kourouma, Nuruddin Farah, Nawal El Saadawi et al. The collection’s multi-genre approach and wide geographical breadth reflects the effort of the editors in expanding the boundaries of masculinity discourse in Africa literary and cultural studies.
Brilliantly crafted and provocatively titled essays engage genres of oral, written literature and film and brings fresh thinking on an old but not so closely examined subject.
This impressive collection provides many answers and is destined to become a staple in the library of African Studies, African Literary Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender & Development, Sexuality and Human Rights Studies internationally.