"When I first happened upon Buchi Emecheta's writing...I had no doubt about the importance of making her personal experiences...[which were] shared by many Black women [and which she had] transmuted into autobiographical literature...known to the British society in which we both found ourselves. [As her friend,] I was able to witness at first hand the dedication and effort she put into...her role as a single parent in a frequently uncaring society, and as her editor and publisher for over a decade...it became my mission...to ensure that her view of the world was disseminated as widely as possible."
—Margaret Busby/ Founder, Allison and Busby
"At last a comprehensive collection of approaches to one of Nigeria's foremost writers!...Emecheta's astonishing achievements in fiction , autobiography, children's literature, and drama will now find the readers they so clearly deserve. Marie Umeh has brought together a rich assortment of scholars to illuminate Emecheta's thinking about feminist issues and African culture."
—Susan Gubar/ Indiana University
"[This] is an ambitious, much needed collection of essays, focusing on Nigeria's most prolific novelist...[T]he sophisticated readings...[and] theoretical analyses at the cutting edge of African feminist studies...will be invaluable as a tool in teaching Emecheta at the undergraduate and graduate levels...[and] a compelling read for anybody interested in African literature...and Women's Studies."
—Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi/ Sarah Lawrence College
"[This] formidably comprehensive volume of essays...[provides] a careful reading of the writer's work against the specific cultural background form which it derives as well as the available evidence of the writer's life and thought. Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta is a landmark of Africanist feminist scholarship, put together by a critic of increasing eminence."
—Isidore Okpewho/ Bingahamton University
Marie Umeh specializes in Literature of the African World at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Formerly, she taught at Anambra State College in Awka, Nigeria where she was chair of the Department of English. Dr. Umeh is the author of numerous essays on Black women in literature and feminist theory.
Literary Criticism, Women's Studies/AFRICA