This handbook provides a critical overview of literature dealing with groups of people or regions that suffer marginalization within Africa.

The contributors examine a multiplicity of minority discourses expressed in African literature, including those who are culturally, socially, politically, religiously, economically, and sexually marginalized in literary and artistic creations. Chapters and sections of the book are structured to identify major areas of minority articulation of their condition and strategies deployed against the repression, persecution, oppression, suppression, domination, and tyranny of the majority or dominant group.

Bringing together diverse perspectives to give a holistic representation of the African reality, this handbook is an important read for scholars and students of comparative and postcolonial literature and African studies.

part I|23 pages


chapter 1|7 pages


ByTanure Ojaide, Joyce Ashuntantang

part II|78 pages

Political and racial forms of marginalization

chapter 3|21 pages

Amazigh/Berber Literature and “Literary Space”

A contested minority situation in (North) African literatures
ByDaniela Merolla

chapter 4|14 pages

Negotiating the Global Literary Market

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short fiction
ByMaximilian Feldner

chapter 5|15 pages

Anglophone Cameroon Literature

Writing from the margins of the margin
ByJoyce Ashuntantang

chapter 6|12 pages

Niger Delta and its Minority Condition in Nigerian Writing

ByObari Gomba

chapter 7|14 pages

Jola Verbal Arts of Casamance, Senegal, and the Gambia

A question in search of a literature
ByTijan M. Sallah

part III|79 pages

Culture and language

chapter 8|16 pages

Negating Hegemony

Linguistic and rhetorical formations as discursive praxis of resistance in Yulisa Amadu Maddy’s Obasai and Other Plays
ByErnest Cole

chapter 9|14 pages

Of Pidgin, Nigerian Pidgin Poetry, and Minority Discourses

The pidgin poems of Ezenwa-Ohaeto
ByChike Okoye

chapter 10|17 pages

Three Moments of Minor Afrikaans Literary Expression

ByHein Willemse

chapter 11|13 pages

Swahili Literature as a Minority Discourse in African Literatures

ByMwenda Mbatiah

chapter 12|17 pages


Constructions of coloured identities in creative writing projects at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa
ByF. Fiona Moolla

part IV|62 pages

Patriarchal domination, gender, sexuality, and other sociocultural “minorities”

chapter 14|11 pages

“Who do you Think you are, Woman?” Wangari Maathai Answers in Unbowed

ByGĩchingiri Ndĩgĩrĩgĩ

chapter 15|12 pages

Representation of Women in Udje, an Urhobo Men’s-Only Oral Poetic Performance Genre

ByEnajite Eseoghene Ojaruega

chapter 16|15 pages

Voices from the Margin

Female protagonists navigating power geometries
ByOumar Chérif Diop

chapter 17|12 pages

Responding from the Fringe

Women, Islam, and patriarchy in Nigerian Muslim women’s novels
BySaeedat Bolajoko Aliyu

part V|47 pages

Intranational, national, and international marginalization/conflict

chapter 18|16 pages

The Odds against Eritrean Literature

ByCharles Cantalupo

part VI|46 pages

Literature and disability

chapter 21|11 pages

Children with Disabilities as Negotiators of Social Responsibility

A critical study of ‘redemption’ in Meshack Asare’s Sosu’s Call
ByDike Okoro

chapter 22|19 pages

Beyond ‘Harmless Lunacy’

African women writers (w)riting madness
ByPamela J. Olubunmi Smith

chapter 23|14 pages

Mental Health, Minority Discourse and Tanure Ojaide’s Short Stories

ByStephen Ese Kekeghe

part VII|63 pages

Recent trends of marginalities

chapter 24|11 pages

Not Yet Season of Blossom

Writing Northern Nigeria into the global space
BySule Emmanuel Egya

chapter 25|13 pages

Afropolitan Literature as a Minority Discourse in Contemporary African Literature

ByRazinat Talatu Mohammed

chapter 26|14 pages

Tanella Boni’s Matins de Couvre-Feu

Environmentalism and ecocriticism in African literature
ByHonoré Missihoun

chapter 28|11 pages

Writing the Self

Indian women writers from South Africa
ByRajendra Chetty