Monday, April 12, 2010

African women writers take a new turn

Epic tales of jungle safaris and human rights repression in Africa are making way for a new kind of contemporary literature in a changing continent where women are becoming an increasingly vocal force in influencing literary trends.

Literary pundits are describing the current phase in contemporary African fiction as the "time of boom".

"A new generation of African women writers is dabbling with a gamut of subjects like chick lit for the educated working women, thrillers, crime, humour, women's issues and social realities to cater to a growing commercial fiction market in Africa," said South Africa-based editor and writer Helen Moffet.

Exchange and arrival of quality global literature are still very tardy in the continent, she pointed out.  She is in India to attend the Commonwealth Writer's Foundation symposiums April 7-12.

Full report here Times of India 

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