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Mapping Africa in the English Speaking World

Issues in Language and Literature

Editor(s): Kemmonye Collete Monaka, Owen S Seda, Sibonile Edith Ellece and John McAllister

Book Description

Mapping Africa in the English Speaking World addresses issues of representations of Africa in the English speaking world. English has become a global language which has turned the world into a global village, and as Graddol (2008) states, it “is now redefining national and individual identities worldwide; shifting political fault lines; creating new global patterns of wealth and social exclusion; and suggesting new notions of human rights and responsibilities of citizenship.” This book grapples with the relationship between Africa and the rest of the English speaking world, and touches on issues of (Euro-American) misrepresentations of the continent in literary works and films, misrepresentations which are nevertheless passed as true and infallible knowledge of Africa, marginalization of Africans, African languages and culture, African scholarship, language policy, language diglossia, African theatre in post colonial Africa, identity negotiations in post colonial Africa, and relations between gender and language, among other issues. These issues are bound to stimulate debates on Africa and its representation(s) in the English speaking world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2566-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2566-2
Date of Publication: 01/12/2010
Pages / Size: 315 / A5
Price: £44.99


Kemmonye Collete Monaka is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Botswana, where she teaches courses in English linguistics and grammar. She has co-authored the first Shekgalagari Grammar: A Descriptive Analysis of the Language and its Vocabulary with Dr Stephen Lukusa.

Owen S. Seda teaches Theatre Studies and English Literature in the Department of English, and the Visual and Performing Arts programme at the University of Botswana. He is a former Commonwealth and Fulbright Scholar, and has previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe, Africa University and California State University, Pomona.

Sibonile Edith Ellece is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Botswana. Her research areas include pragmatics; critical discourse analysis; gender and language interface, with a specific focus on gender and language in African contexts; marriage discourses in Botswana; and media discourse.

John McAllister is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Botswana. He has worked extensively in southern and eastern Africa as a development communications consultant and was the founding editor of Future Positive, a pioneering magazine for people living with HIV and AIDS in Botswana. He remains keenly interested in the social discourses of the HIV epidemic in Africa and is currently working on a study of aging in the African novel.