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Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo At 70 A Reader in African Cultural Studies

ISBN-10: 0956930700

ISBN-13: 9780956930705

Edition: 2012

Authors: Anne V. Adams, Ama Ata Aidoo

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This title pays tribute to Ama Ata Aidoo through a broad spectrum of articles and personal memoirs from scholars of different generations and from other literary artists.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 532
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.738

Born near Dominase, in central Ghana, Aidoo is today the leading Ghanaian writer. She was the daughter of a chief and grew p in a royal family. Educated at the University of Ghana at Legon, where she graduated in 1964 with a B.A. in English, Aidoo worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies in Legon. Ghana's gaining its independence in 1965 greatly influenced Aidoo. Her writings reveal her interest in the historical events that have shaped her country. She believes that the status of women in Africa and the struggle for women's liberation cannot be distinct from the nation's struggles. She made her debut as writer with a short story, "No Sweetness Here" (1965). The story had previously won a prize in a short-story competition. This story provides the title of Aidoo's first collection of stories. Aidoo is better known as a playwright, and her two earliest plays, Anowa (first published in 1970) and The Dilemma of a Ghost (first published in 1965) remain popular. Aidoo has taught in several parts of Africa as well as the United States. She now lives and teaches in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Libation for Ama Ata Aidoo
Introduction: "Someone Should Lend Me a Tongue"
Foreword: An Open Letter to Ama Ata Aidoo
�That is the story I am telling you. I am taking you to bird town, so I can't understand why you insist on searching for eggs from the suburb!" (From: No Sweetness Here)
Three Female Writers in Modern Africa: Flora Nwapa, Ama Ata Aidoo and Grace Ogot
A Conversation: Ama Ata Aidoo with Micere Githae Mugo
"Because surely in our environment there are more important things to write about?" (From: Changes)
The Amistad's Legacy: Reflections on the Spaces of Colonisation
Radical, Comparative Postcolonialism and the Contemporary Crisis of Disciplinary Identities: Outline of a Prolegomenon
Literary Visions of a 21st Century Africa: A Note on the Pan African Ideal in Ghanaian Literature
Writing for the Child in a Fractured World
Who is an African?
The Longevity of Whiteness and Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy
Psychoanalysis, Gender and Narratives of Women's Friendships in Ama Ata Aidoo's Writing
Teaching Aidoo: Theorising via Creative Writing
"Every woman and every man should be a feminist - especially if they believe that Africans should take charge of our land, its wealth, our lives, and the burden of our own development." (From: "Literature, Feminism and the African Woman Today")p147
Nervous Masculinities: Male Characters in Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes
Gendering Commodity Relations in Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes: A Love Story
African Women and Power: Ama Ata Aidoo's Essays "To Be a Woman" and 'The African Woman Today"
She-Kings in the Trinity of Being: The Budding Girl-Child in Ama Ata Aidoo's Short Stories
Black Women of a Certain Age, Power and Presence: Ama Ata Aidoo's and Toni Morrison's
Towards Alternative Representations of Women in African Cultural Products
Ties that Bound: Slave Concubines/Wives and the End of Slavery in the Gold Coast, c.1874-1900
"[A] mixture of complete sweetness and smoky roughage. … Oh, Africa. Crazy old continent…" (From: Our Sister Killjoy)
A Historical Case Study of a Slave Girl in Asante Mampong
Anowa, Paradoxical Queenmother of the Diaspora
The Call to the Priesthood and Other Stories in Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa
Yesterday's Quarrels and Today's Playmates: Peacemaking and the Proverbial Wisdom of Africa
Not Just for Children Anymore: Aidoo's The Eagle and the Chickens and Questions of Identity
Someone Talking to Sometime: A Dialogue Across Time and Space
'Tribal Scars" on the Body of "The Girl Who Can": The Imperative of African Social and Cultural Self-Redemption in the Short Stories of Aidoo and Semb�ne
Mfantse Meets English: Interpretations of Ama Ata Aidoo's Multilingual Idiom
Disobedient Subversions: Anowa's Unending Quest
African Theatre and the Menace of Transition: Radical Transformations in Popular Entertainment
Emerging Issues from Big Brother Africa 5: Reflections on Reality TV, the Celebrity Status and Gender
Mac Tontoh: The Saga of a Broken Trumpet
"So as for this woman e be She-King" (From: The Girl Who Can and Other Stories) Tributes
For the Eagle Who Taught the Chickens the Meaning of Flight
In Praise of Ama Ata Aidoo's Novel, Changes
Ama Ata Aidoo: Whose Dilemma Could It Be?
Marginal Notes: The Mbaasem/Daily Graphic Writers' Page
Reminiscences from Exile
AAA - The Mind Reader and the Reading Mind
Ama Ata Aidoo: A Personal Celebration
Reference Documents on the Life and Work of Ama Ata Aidoo
A Bibliography of Writing by and on Ama Ata Aidoo: A Compilation in Progress
Chronology of the First Seventy Years in the Life of Ama Ata Aidoo
Notes on Contributors
Notes
Index