African- Language Literature: Tragedy and Hope

Kunene, Daniel P.
March 1992
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p7
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article presents the concerns of the author regarding the future of African-language literature. The author clarifies that since Africa is a continent, and not a country, therefore, there is no language called African, any more than there is a language called European. African literature is a relatively new concept, not because there was no literature in Africa before the missionaries and other white people brought it, but because, those who performed it in their indigenous languages did not perceive what they were doing as an African activity.


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