"Do magazines culture?" Rajat Neogy, the founder of Transition magazine, once asked.
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
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
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.
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/