An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea: by Marvin A. Lewis

By Marvin A. Lewis

Spain’s purely former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom during which authors consider their identification in the context of contemporary colonialism and dictatorship.

            An advent to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious research of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction. either resident and exiled authors provide insights into the influence of colonialism and dictatorship below Spanish rule and think about the end result of “independence” lower than the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. studying those works from the point of view of postcolonial thought, Marvin A. Lewis indicates how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and eu cultures and mirror a dictatorship that produced poverty, distress, and oppression. He assesses with specific care the influence of the Macías reafricanization strategy and its manifestations in literature.

In displaying how the perspectives of the kingdom correspond and diverge in works of writers comparable to Maria Nsue Angue, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Lewis brings to gentle artists who articulate their matters in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In studying the works of either popular and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic background, the parable of Bantu harmony, “bonding in adversity” throughout the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.

            Lewis offers an available advent to the paintings of principal writers in a brand new region of literary research and comprises the main exhaustive and updated bibliography on hand at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our realizing of African literature and may be the bedrock for destiny experiences of this Hispanic nook of Africa.

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An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea: Between Colonialism and Dictatorship

Spain’s in simple terms former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom within which authors think of their id in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.            An advent to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length severe learn of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction.

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77) The sugar cane–based liquor is not just personified in the poem but rather demonized. Its negative impact in Equatorial Guinea, despite its cultural importance, cannot be ignored. From humble beginnings, this product has taken its place alongside sugar cane and cacao as an important national product. “Carta Final” (Last Letter), the last section of Voices of Foam, consists of three poems: “A un indeterminado” (To an unknown), “Invitación al optimismo” (Invitation to optimism), and “Hasta luego” (Farewell).

5. Donato Ndongo Bidyogo and Mbaré N’gom, Literatura de Guinea Ecuatorial (Antología), 451. 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 27 Poetry: In Search of an Authentic Voice / 27 and directed the Centro Cultural Hispano-Guineano. His poetry is heavily influenced by Spanish models; the influence of the Spanish Generation of 1927 has been noted by a number of critics. In the introduction to Voices of Foam, Ciríaco Bokesa comments upon the universal nature of his poetry and elaborates a type of “arte poética”: Being and universe; existence and time; love and freedom, with the human being in the background are the group of themes and the recurring now that bind me, from the rain or the wound of a child, to the memories of Aristotle or the dream of flowers.

Alicia Peña, “Entrevista a Juan Balboa,” 25. 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 36 36 / An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea Boneke was forced to leave Equatorial Guinea under the regimes of both Macías and Obiang, hence exile is a theme central to his poetic expression. Boneke’s major publications are O’Boriba (El exiliado) (O’Boriba [the exiled], 1982), El reencuentro: el retorno del exiliado (The reencounter: the return of the exiled, 1985), Sueños en mi selva: antología poética (Dreams in my jungle: poetry anthology, 1987), and Requiebros (Flirtations, 1994).

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