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This collection of essays gives an insight into the evolution of American literature from its inception to its present stage. It thus answers the question What is American Literature today ? Examining the different periods, trends and various historical contexts that have impacted on this national literature, the book tackles the thorny questions of influences, periodization and historicizing in literary art. It highlights the protean nature of American literature through the interdisciplinary critical essays that discuss contemporary global issues: cultural diversity, the environment, territorialism, identity fixity, motherhood, racism, resilience and resistance. This collection is of great significance to scholars, students and teachers of literary, cultural, gender, environmental and historical studies.
Edward Oben Ako earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1982 and has published extensively in African American Literature African Literature, Commonwealth Literature and Critical Theory.
Manyaka Toko Djockoua is Professor Emeritus of American Literature. She teaches American Literature and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon.
Sarah Anyang Agbor is a Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures. Her research fields include Literary Theory and Criticism, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Studies.