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Bookcover  Matatu - Journal for African Culture and Society
Journal for African Culture and Society

ISSN 0932-9714


Gordon Collier
Geoffrey V. Davis
Christine Matzke
Aderemi Raji-Oyelade
Wanjiku wa Ngugi
Frank Schulze–Engler

Gordon Collier

Anne V. Adams (New York)
Ubax Cristina Ali Farah (Rome, Italy)
Eckhard Breitinger (Bayreuth, Germany)
M.J. Daymond (Durban, South Africa)
Anne Fuchs (Nice, France)
James Gibbs (Bristol, England)
Johan Jacobs (Durban, South Africa)
Jürgen Martini (Magdeburg, Germany)
Henning Melber (Uppsala, Sweden)
Reinhard Sander (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Peter O. Stummer (Munich, Germany)
John A. Stotesbury (Joensuu, Finland)
Ahmed Yerima (Lagos, Nigeria)

Matatu is a journal on African literatures and societies dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue between literary and cultural studies, historiography, the social sciences and cultural anthropology.

Matatu is animated by a lively interest in African culture and literature (including the Afro-Caribbean) that moves beyond worn-out clichés of ‘cultural authenticity’ and ‘national liberation’ towards critical exploration of African modernities. The East African public transport vehicle from which Matatu takes its name is both a component and a symbol of these modernities: based on ‘Western’ (these days usually Japanese) technology, it is a vigorously African institution; it is usually regarded with some anxiety by those travelling in it, but is often enough the only means of transport available; it creates temporary communicative communities and provides a transient site for the exchange of news, storytelling, and political debate.

Matatu is firmly committed to supporting democratic change in Africa, to providing a forum for interchanges between African and European critical debates, to overcoming notions of absolute cultural, ethnic, or religious alterity, and to promoting transnational discussion on the future of African societies in a wider world.


GORDON COLLIER, Department of English, Justus Liebig University, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen, GERMANY

GEOFFREY V. DAVIS, Institut für Anglistik, RWTH Aachen, Kármánstr. 17–19, 52062 Aachen, GERMANY

CHRISTINE MATZKE, Department of English, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany

FRANK SCHULZE–ENGLER, Englisches Seminar der Universität Hannover, Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover, GERMANY

SUBMISSIONS. Contributions in HARD COPY should be sent to GEOFFREY DAVIS. Two print copies, double-spaced, must be submitted. All submissions on DISK (preferably in Word for Windows; Rich Text Format is recommended) or as EMAIL ATTACHMENTS should be made to GORDON COLLIER.

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR INITIAL SUBMISSIONS. In general, follow MLA presentation. Use underlining, not italics. All texts cited or quoted from must be footnoted – include all relevant data (full first and last name of author or editor, title and subtitle, place of publication and publisher; date of first publication and date of edition used). With essays in periodicals and books, include full page-span; with periodicals, include volume and issue number; with translations, include name of translator, the title in the original language, and the date of publication of the original.

STYLESHEET. Should manuscripts, after being accepted for publication, need to be re-submitted on grounds of presentation or layout, the Editors will send contributors a detailed stylesheet.

BOOK REVIEWS. Send all copies of books to be considered for review to Gordon Collier, Technical Editor, Matatu, Department of English, Justus Liebig University, Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10, 35394 Giessen, Germany.

CREATIVE WRITING. Poetry, fiction and playscripts will, as in the past, be sought out by the Editors of Matatu and the Advisory Board, but African writers are, of course, encouraged to submit material for consideration on their own account.

THEMES AND TOPICS. Although essays on all aspects of African literature and culture are welcome, as well as reports and interviews on topics of pressing and current concern (many of which can find a place in the “Marketplace” section of Matatu), the Editors plan to concentrate – and call for contributions – on the following themes, which will form the core of individual issues of Matatu over the next few years:

How Postcolonial is African Literature?
The African Body and Autobiography
Zimbabwean Transitions
AIDS and the Future of Africa
Ten Years of Post-Apartheid Literature and Culture
New Media and Neo-Oralities
Lagos and Johannesburg: African Cityscapes
Zakes Mda and the New South African Theatre
From the Barrel of a Gun: Cultures of Violence in Africa
Maghreb: The Post-Hassan II Era
Queering Africa
Reassessments of Ethnopsychiatry
Carnival as Scene and Trope in the Drama and Literature of the African Diaspora
Under the Rod of Empire: Schooling, Childhood and Ideology in the Caribbean
Cross-Talk: Pidgins in West Africa
Adversity and Faith: Fundamentalism in Africa
Grassroots Theatre


SUBSCRIPTIONS (starting 2012)
- There is no annual subscription rate.
- The prices vary per volume, depending on the number of pages.

Subscription options:
Online-only access : 80 % (of the print and online price)
Print : 90% (of the print and online price)
Print and online : 100%



MATATU Vol. 1-7 sold out.
45  Tradition and Change in Contemporary West and East African Fiction., Okuyade, Ogaga (Ed.) NEW
44  Arts Activism, Education, and Therapies., Barnes, Hazel (Ed.) NEW
43  Applied Drama and Theatre as an Interdisciplinary Field in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Africa., Barnes, Hazel (Ed.)
42  Performing Wisdom., Dipio, Dominica and Stuart Sillars (Eds.)
41  African Cultures and Literatures., Collier, Gordon (Ed.)
40  Focus on Nigeria., Collier, Gordon (Ed.)
39  Spheres Public and Private., Collier, Gordon (Ed.)
38  Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in South Africa., Mengel, Ewald, Michela Borzaga and Karin Orantes (Eds.)
37  Fearful Symmetries., ZABUS, Chantal (Ed.)
36  Transcultural Modernities., BEKERS, Elisabeth, Sissy HELFF, and Daniela MEROLA (Eds.)
35  Texts, Tasks, and Theories., KLEIN, Tobias Robert, Ulrike AUGA & Viola PRÜSCHENK (Eds.)
34  Zimbabwean Transitions., MALABA, Mbongeni Z. and Geoffrey V. DAVIS (Eds.)
33  Of Minstrelsy and Masks., MATZKE, Christine, Aderemi RAJI-OYELADE and Geoffrey V. DAVIS (Eds.)
31-32  Interfaces Between the Oral and the Written / Interfaces entre l'écrit et l'oral., RICARD, Alain & Flora VEIT-WILD (Eds.)
29-30  Body, Sexuality, and Gender., VEIT-WILD, Flora & Dirk NAGUSCHEWSKI (Eds.)
27-28  A Pepper-Pot of Cultures., COLLIER, Gordon and Ulrich FLEISCHMANN (Eds.)
25-26  African Cultures, Visual Arts, and the Museum., DÖRING, Tobias (Ed.)
23-24  No Condition is Permanent., EHLING, Holger & Claus-Peter HOLSTE-VON MUTIUS (Ed.)
21-22  FonTomFrom., ANYIDOHO, Kofi and James GIBBS (Eds.)
20  New Theatre in Francophone and Anglophone Africa., FUCHS, Anne (Ed.)
19  With Open Eyes., HARROW, Kenneth W. (Ed.)
17-18  Preserving the Landscape of Imagination., GRANQVIST, Raoul and Jürgen MARTINI (Eds.)
15-16  Afrikaans Literature: Recollection, Redefinition, Restitution., KRIGER, Robert and Ethel KRIGER (Eds.)
13-14  Littératures du Congo-Zaïre., HALEN, Pierre et János RIESZ (Réunis par)
12  Caribbean Writers / Les auteurs Caribéens., GLASER, Marlies and Marion PAUSCH (Eds)
11  Southern African Writing., DAVIS, Geoffrey V. (Ed.)
10  African Literatures in the Eighties., RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Dieter and Frank SCHULZE-ENGLER (Eds.)
Sokomoko. Popular Culture in East Africa., GRAEBNER, Werner (Ed.)
Critical Approaches to Anthills of the Savannah., EHLING, Holger G. (Ed.)

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