African Literary NGOs

Power, Politics, and Participation

Doreen Strauhs



Proposing the novel concept of the "literary NGO," this study combines interviews with contemporary East African writers with an analysis of their professional activities and the cultural funding sector to make an original contribution to African literary criticism and cultural studies.


[Strauhs] makes an important and ground-breaking addition to our understanding of African writing in English. While we simply assume that writers write and readers read, this book exposes the complex network of patronage, support, and organization that enables African writing to be written, to be published, and to be read. It is a valuable addition to the library of any scholar of African literature.' - Bill Ashcroft


Doreen Strauhs is a professional with The German National Academic Foundation, Germany's largest organization sponsoring highly gifted students of outstanding academic achievements.