Donnerstag, 28. Juni 2018

5 Literary Magazines That Have Transformed African Literature / Tadiwa Madenga In: okayafrica. June 27, 2018

"Do magazines culture?" Rajat Neogy, the founder of Transition magazine, once asked.
African literary magazines and journals don't just shape literary culture, they offer the most rebellious responses to political and social movements. They not only respond to the cultures they're in, these magazines also create distinct cultures of their own that reflect the personalities of their editors.
Some are experimental and bold, some are satirical and polemic, some can also be aesthetically conservative, but they all find beautiful ways to confront the most pressing issues in society. Magazines archive stories that might not always gain the attention that books will, but are sometimes the most thrilling work in a writer's career.
Here are five of the most notable literary magazines that have shaped contemporary African literature.
Based in Nigeria, Black Orpheus was groundbreaking as the first African literary periodical on the continent publishing works in English. It was founded in 1957 by German editor Ulli Beier, and was later edited by Wole Soyinka, Es'kia Mphahlele, and Abiola Irele. The magazine stopped printing in 1975.
At a time when African writers needed spaces where they could simply gather and enjoy each other's works, the magazine was started to promote African literature, publishing the works of literary giants like Chinua Achebe, Ama ata Aidoo, and Christopher Okigbo in their early career. The best part of the magazine was that it introduced literature from French, Spanish, and Portuguese speaking regions to an English speaking audience, particularly the translated works of the negritude poet like Aimé Césaire, Birago Diop, and Léopold Senghor. ... [mehr] http://www.okayafrica.com/5-literary-magazines-that-have-shaped-contemporary-african-literature/

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