Aretha Phiri is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literary Studies in English (DLSE) at Rhodes University and was a research fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa (2017–2019).
Introduction: Re-reading the Canon, Re-reading Africa
Chapter 1 Philosophy and an African Conscience
Oritsegbubemi Anthony Oyowe
Chapter 2 African Literature as a Handmaid of African Philosophy
Chapter 3 Conflict and Compromise in Three Novels of the Eastern Cape
Chapter 4 Blind Sisyphus: Two Perspectives on Meursault
Chapter 5 Digital Media, Literacies, Literature, and the African Humanities
Pier Paolo Frassinelli and Lisa Treffry-Goatley
Chapter 6 African Gaze: Hollywood/Nollywood and the Postcolonial Science Fiction Imagery in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon
Chapter 7 Transgressing Borders: (Re)imag(in)ing Africa(ns) in the World
Chapter 8 “The Whims of the White Masters”: Miriam Tlali’s Between Two Worlds and the Totality of White Power
About the Contributors
Each essay is testimony to the rich and often surprising intellectual journey that results when African literatures and philosophies are brought into mutual conversation. Phiri’s deftly curated and wide-ranging collection throws fresh light on contemporary questions around epistemological and conceptual decolonization in (South) Africa. Read together, these essays posit Africa, and its philosophies and literatures, as an ongoing, exciting task, rather than a static given with clear boundaries. By showing rather than telling, the book as a whole presents a generous invitation to a global audience from both disciplines to participate in African intellectuals’ attempt to "reimagine the continent and its subjects."