Landscaping Postcoloniality

The Dissemination of Cameroon Anglophone Literature
by Joyce Ashuntantang

This is a foundational text on the production and dissemination of Anglophone Cameroon literature. The Republic of Cameroon is a bilingual country with English and French as the official languages. Ashuntantang shows that the pattern of production and dissemination of Anglophone Cameroon literature is not only framed by the minority status of English and English-speaking Cameroonians within the Republic of Cameroon, but is also a reflection of a postcolonial reality in Africa where mostly African literary texts published by western multi-national corporations are assured wide international accessibility and readership. This book establishes that in spite of these setbacks, Anglophone Cameroon writers have produced a corpus of work that has enriched the genres of prose, poetry and drama, and that these texts deserve a wider readership.


“This text is a very useful supplement to Richard Bjornson's The African Quest for Freedom and Identity, which concentrated primarily on literary texts from Francophone Cameroon. Dr. Ashuntantang, a skilled librarian, bibliographer and literary scholar, deals in depth with the environmental circumstances that have thwarted writers who have chosen to express themselves in English, but she shows how progress nevertheless has been made, particularly in recent years. This is the most comprehensive study of Anglophone Cameroon literature that has been published to date.” Bernth Lindfors, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

“This study affirms the vibrancy of Anglophone Cameroon literature; it proves beyond reasonable doubt that there is a great deal of published work out there, and that its landscape is not only national but equally diasporic. This text is an important milestone in Anglophone scholarship. It should be a required text for scholars with an interest in Anglophone Cameroon/ African Literature.” Shadrack Ambanasom, Professor of African Literature, E.N.S. Bambili/University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Joyce Ashuntantang Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang, actress, screen writer, film producer and poet, is a major force in contemporary Anglophone Cameroonian culture. As a founding member of Cameroon Flame Players and member of Yaoundé University Theater, she starred in numerous stage and TV plays. Her full length film, Potent Secrets (2001), is an undisputable milestone in Cameroon’s film industry. Her awards include, The Spirit of Detroit Award from the Mayor of Detroit, 1987, Cameroon Cultural Festival Awards 1989 and 1994, Outstanding Women in Action Award, Cameroon, 2002, and MOHWA ‘‘women making a difference’’ Award, 2010. Dr. Ashuntantang earned a BA in Modern English Studies from the University of Yaoundé, A Masters in Library and information Science from the University College of Wales, U.K., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York. She is the author of Landscaping Postcoloniality: the Dissemination of Cameroon Anglophone Literature, and the CEO/founder of EduART INC, a non-profit organization created to promote art as a medium for social change. She is currently a professor of English and African Literature at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Visit Joyce's blog here.