Afrikansk gatulitteratur och litterär formutveckling

Tidsperiod: 2017-01-01 till 2020-12-31

Projektledare: Ashleigh Harris

Medarbetare: Nicklas Hållen, Nicklas Hållén

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 4 800 000 SEK

This project aims to critically map and analyse literature that emerges in and is shaped by the social factors determining everyday life in sub-Saharan Africa’s megacities. African cities are concentrated sites of social, political, economic, health and environmental precariousness, existing alongside uneven spurts of economic growth, rapid urbanisation, and unprecedented global connectivity. Although unpredictable, the innovation and improvisation that accompanies everyday life in the African city has a cultural and aesthetic correlate in the new literary forms emerging in the region, what this project calls ‘street literature’. Whilst the novel dominates contemporary African literary scholarship, it is a genre that is less relevant in Africa itself where forms such as spoken word poetry, blog fiction, street theatre, pamphlet literature, digital poetry, and graphic fiction are more attuned to the demands and rhythms of everyday African life. This project investigates how the pressures placed upon African city life are shaping such emergent literary forms on the continent today.Materials for analysis will be collected from Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. These cities have been selected because they are sites of prolific literary output and because they triangulate the sub-Saharan region. Three special issues, each with a focus on one of these regions, will be produced, as will a series of articles and a co-written monograph dedicated to the analysis of collected materials.