- Literature/Literary Criticism
- Introduction to Burkinabe Literature in English by André Kaboré
This is a great resource chronicling Anglophone Burkinabe literature, opening up the Francophone country Burkina Faso to the world! Kaboré finally brings us a much awaited and sorely needed detailed compendium of a range of works written in English (or translated into English) starting in 1989 up to present, including poetry, plays, novels, tales, and shamen’s works. Key themes addressed, such as witchcraft, women’s emancipation with bicycle transportation, feminism, creation myths, and ecocriticism will allow scholars of Anglophone African literature to include Burkinabe literature into their comparative analysis. This book features over 25 Anglophone Burkinabe authors, the ancestors of future Anglophone Burkinabe authors. This compendium shall inspire further production of fine Burkinabe literature in English! Kaboré’s call for required reading of Anglophone Burkinabe literature in Burkinabe schools; his call for these Burkinabe writers to make their English works available in Burkinabe bookstores and libraries; and his call for Anglophone Burkinabe literary prizes are right on! This is the new path and Kaboré is pointing the way!
--Suzanne Ondrus, Ph.D. , African literature scholar and author of Passion Seeds
Once again, Dr André Kaboré has offered to the readership a thorough, compelling, comprehensive, and riveting work. This couldn’t be more timely! Introduction to Burkinabe Anglophone Literature is a eminal work that forcefully probes into Burkinabe literature and does a superb archaeological work. A page-turner, every literary enthusiast should have this jewel in their library!
--Michel Tinguiri, Ph.D., Burkinabe writer and anthropologist at Montgomery College, USA, author of The Tribulations of the Sahelian Traveler
About the Author
Rev. Fr André Kaboré is currently the Head of Department of Anglophone Studies at the Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Appointed as the Deputy Director of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2012-2015), he later won a promotion by the CAMES as Associate Professor in 2017, and headed the Research Laboratory in Anglophone Literature and Civilisation (LCA) from 2018 to 2021. After his education at St. Augustine Junior Seminary of Baskouré he graduated at the University of Ouagadougou in 1999. He read theology first in the St. Peter Claver Senior Seminary of Koumi, Bobo-Dioulasso, and then at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in Ireland, where he got a B.D. Hons. (Bachelor of Divinity) in 2003. That same year, he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Koupéla. A Ph.D. holder in Comparative Literature from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), he is the editor of Littérature et religion: enjeux et perspectives (2020). A lecturer and a researcher at the Home University since 2008, he is keenly interested in Burkinabè cultures and traditions, both oral and written, within the purview of his literary productions published in regional and international scholarly journals.
Category: Literature, Literary criticism/AFRICA
Trim size: 5.5X8.5”
Page Count: 212
Publication year: 2022