Classification – name: Literary studies
Format: Hardback
Dimensions: 60 х 90 1/16
Pages: 208
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Monograph
Funder: Russian Foundation for basic research (RFBR)
Funder – grant number: 20-112-00286
ISBN: 978-5-9208-0629-1
Year of publication: 2021
Date of publication: 12.05.2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Natalya S. Frolova
Frolova, Natalya S. Poetry of East Africa: from the mid-20th till present. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2021. 208 p.
Editors: Natalya V. Zakharova

About the author

Natalya S. Frolova (Moscow, Russia), Cand. Sc. in Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


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About the editor

Natalya V. Zakharova, PhD in Philology, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


Keywords: East African poetry, English-language poetry of Uganda, Swahili poetry of Kenya and Tanzania.

The book deals with the development of English and Swahili poetry in three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. It covers the period from the late 1960s to the present day. For the first time in the world African literary studies, the researcher created a comprehensive picture of the East African literary process of the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. The author analyzes two branches of modern East African poetry, such as the English-language poetry of Uganda and Kenya and the Swahili poetry of Kenya and Tanzania, by dwelling on the works of over 30 modern East African poets. An extensive poetic corpus is used to characterize its themes and artistic features. The poetry of modern East African authors is analyzed considering the culture, traditions, and realities of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.