"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


development in fiction

Philip Blue has a great list of development-related works of fiction. I've certainly experienced and observed the effects of including a novel in a social science syllabus firsthand; students always respond well to a book that puts a development-related issue into context.

What would you add to his list?


Anonymous Shelby Grossman said...

Whites by Norman Rush.

Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:39:00 PM

Blogger dcat said...

Funny, the first thing that sprung to my mind was Norman Rush too, but "Mating," though I actually only intermittently liked the novel. I thought his women's voice was actually a man's voice idealizing a woman's voice to say all of the things that men want to think women think about them. Plus he wore his "I'm a literary man" writing style a little too overtly.


Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:34:00 PM

Anonymous Ranil Dissanayake said...

Ooh, a topic close to my heart.

On colonialism and its impact - Things Fall Apart (surely no Africa reading list can avoid it?) - Chinua Achebe.

On the state and development: Anthills of the Savannah - Achebe again, less well know, but superb.

Egypt's modernity - Palace Walk (and presumably the rest of the Cairo trilogy, which I haven't read yet).

Modern South Africa - Jump and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer, though it can seem a bit bitter at times.

On aid, culture clashes and politics: The Last Flight of the Flamingo by Mia Couto from Mozambique.

On marginalisation from capitalist society: Keep the Aspidistra Flying - Orwell

On industrialisation and the relationship between labour and capital: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

And outside of fiction, Wole Soyinka's Ake and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. The first is incredibly evocative of growing up in Nigeria, and the second is a blistering memoir of a life in political activism and the arts in Nigeria.

Friday, August 28, 2009 1:22:00 AM

Blogger Gwen said...

Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo

Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:44:00 AM

Anonymous Philip said...

Hi Texas, thanks for helping me out in getting some other suggestions. Some of them I already had but others I will add in due course. There are certainly some books I need to catch up on...

Monday, September 14, 2009 12:29:00 PM


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