The Columbia Guide to Central African Literature in English since 1945

Adrian Roscoe



Columbia's guides to postwar African literature paint a unique portrait of the continent's rich and diverse literary traditions. This volume examines the rapid rise and growth of modern literature in the three postcolonial nations of Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. It tracks the multiple political and economic pressures that have shaped Central African writing since the end of World War II and reveals its authors' heroic efforts to keep their literary traditions alive in the face of extreme poverty and AIDS.


Knowledgeably compiled by Adrian Roscoe... [It's] so useful with its wealth of background information: Literary, historical, cultural and political. - Martin Rubin, Washington Times


Adrian Roscoe was Professor of English at Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University, he also held chairs of English in South Africa, New Zealand, and Malawi, and a visiting professorship at the State University of New York.