Fears, Doubts and Joys of Not Belonging


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This book is an opportune warning that alienation, estrangement and intentional diminishment serve as a cancer upon those who disburse it. The outsider suffers by being alone; the insider suffers even more by being forever known as a hypocrite who perpetuates dystopia. It uses literature as a hothouse for poisonous potted plants, the workings of a mind in turmoil and the exploration of a society or societies that seems to derive pleasure from others� ruin. Fears, Doubts, and Joy of Not Belonging considers themes that are biblical in scope from different societies and historical epochs. It is a sobering spiritual enlightenment of a child�s �silent treatment� in adult form. The text complements language engineers and social scientists who are on a quest or search for how the individual responds to pressure that is unexpected, ill-conceived and in desperate need of alleviation. Not only does this particular type of cancer differ from the type a surgeon can treat, the stage at which this malady is diagnosed causes far more problems than if it were dealt with head on. Pursuing numerous examples of estrangement, this diverse text delves into a wide spectrum of human behavior while coming to the realization that these problems are universal and have been with us for a long, long time. The purpose of resistance, individuality and personal identity is to rise above these obstacles without losing hope, resilience or optimism.



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Date de parution 13 décembre 2013
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Fears, Doubts and Joys of Not Belonging
Editors Benjamin Hart Fishkin Adaku T. Ankumah Bill F. Ndi
L a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.com www.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookcollective.com ISBN: 9956-791-53-9 ©Authors 2014
DISCLAIMER All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Langaa RPCIG.
The Editors Benjamin Hart Fishkinin his research has emphasized Nineteenth Century British Literature through each phase of his education. Prior to earning his Doctorate from the University of Alabama in May of 2009, he obtained a BA in English and Film from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MA from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio where he examined the interest of Charles Dickens in the theatre and how the stage influenced his novel writing. He has publishedThe Undependable Bonds of Blood: The Unanticipated Problems of Parenthood in the Novels of Henry James. He recently co-edited, with Adaku T. Ankumah, Bill F. Ndi and Festus Fru Ndeh,Outward Evil Inward Battle: Human Memory in Literature.His recent research interest now include amongst other things the problems of marriage and the American family, and the relationship between the Blues and the single-parent home in the works of William Faulkner, August Wilson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Professor Fishkin joined Tuskegee University in the fall of 2009. Before taking up this position at Tuskegee University, Professor Fishkin was a Junior Fellow in The Blount Undergraduate Initiative at the University of Alabama. He has won several distinguished awards, including the Buford Boone Memorial Fellowship, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Scholarship Award and the George Mills Harper Graduate Student Travel Award. Adaku T. Ankumahher PhD in Comparative received Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a minor in drama, her dissertation and initial research interests focused on revolutionary playwrights from the African Diaspora, such as Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Martiniquais writer Aimé Césaire, and African American Amiri Baraka, who use their creative efforts to work for the destruction of what they consider to be the colonial/capitalist foundation of post-colonial Africa. Ngugi’s playThe Trial of Dedan Kimathi, a play that examines the arrest and trial of one of the famous leaders of the Mau Mau revolt against the British in Kenya in the 1950’s, has been the subject of her published research. She has also
done research on the role of women in revolutionary theatre, voicelessness of African women, and gender and politics in the works of African women authors like Mariama Bâ, Ama Ata Aidoo and Tsitsi Dangarembga. Dr. Ankumah’s recent research interest includes the writings of women in the African diaspora. This includes research on memory in literature and its role in helping those dealing with painful, fragmented pasts forge a wholesome future in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker. She has also examined memory and resistance in the poetry of South African performer and writer Gcina Mhlophe. She recently co-edited, with Bill F. Ndi, Benjamin Hart Fishkin and Festus Fru Ndeh,Outward Evil Inward Battle: Human Memory in Literature.Bill F. Ndihis Doctorate from the University of Cergy- earned Pontoise in 2001. He joined Tuskegee University in the fall of 2011. His areas of teaching and research comprise among others English Languages and literatures, French, Professional, Technical and Creative Writing, World Literatures, Applied/Historical Linguistics, Literary History, Media and Communication Studies, Peace/Quaker Studies and Conflict Resolution, History of Internationalism, History th of Ideas and Mentalities, Translation & Translatology, 17 Century and Contemporary Cultural Studies. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in these areas. Professor Bill Ndi has also published 10 volumes of poetry in English, 3 in French, a play and 3 works in translation. Amongst Professor Ndi’s peer reviewed publications are the following:Coxere’s Edward  Adventures by Sea, (2012),Letters of Elizabeth Hooton, The First Woman Preacher,(2011),Thomas Lurting’sThe Fighting Sailor Turn’d Peaceable Christian, (2009) (Annotated French Translations); “Names, an Envelope of Destiny in the Grassfields of Cameron” and “Extending educational boundaries” in Kumar, Pattanayak, Johnson –Framing My Name,(2010); Venuti, L. (ed.),The Translation Studies ReaderinAustralian Review of Applied Linguistics (2008), [Vol. 31, No. 1: Pages 11.1-11.4,] « Discours de la vengeance dans les journaux confessionnels Quakers »in Marillaud, P & Gauthier R.La Vengeance et ses discours,«La première contestation de l’esclavage»,(A Translation)Présence Paris,
Africaine, « Quakerisme Originel et Milieu Maritime »,in Augeron & e TranchantLa Violence et la Mer dans l’Espace Atlantique (XII -e XIX ),» indes Quakers et Clinique de l'Âme « Littérature Arts Littéraires, Arts Cliniques(Literary Arts, Clinical Arts),« Traduire le discours Quaker », inTraduire 2,«Globalization and Global Ethics: A Quaker Concern» inQuestioning Cosmopolitanism.Finally, he recently co-edited, with Adaku T. Ankumah, Benjamin Hart Fishkin and Festus Fru Ndeh,Outward Evil Inward Battle: Human Memory in Literature. AuthorsAntonio J. Jimenez-Munozlecturer at the University of is Oviedo, Spain. His research takes on the influence of Romantic literature and culture upon the present. His main line of research deals with the influence of Romantic legacies in modern poetry and art and particularly the material continuity of Romantic modes of expression in contemporary art-forms. His fields of interest are Literary Criticism, Theory, and World Poetry. Before his current position, he was a Teaching Fellow at the universities of Kent at Canterbury-UK (2001-2004) and Hull-UK (2004-2006), after graduating in English Studies at the University of Cordoba (Spain) in 2001. Blossom N. Fondo is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Theory and Commonwealth Literature at the Higher Teacher’s Training College of the University of Maroua, Cameroon. Her publications have appeared in theIUP Journal of Commonwealth Literature,Labyrinth: A Journal of Postmodern StudiesandKaliao; The Multidisciplinary Journal of the Higher Teachers’ Training College Maroua, andReflections on World Literatureedited by Nilanshu Agrawal. Her main areas of interest are postcolonial feminist theory, Anglophone Caribbean, African and African-American Literatures. She is currently working on a monograph on the representations of history in the postcolonial novel with a focus on the novels of Michelle Cliff.
Emmanuel Fru Doha Ph.D. from the University of holds Ibadan and has taught in colleges and universities in Cameroon and the United States since 1990. Poet, novelist, social and literary critic, his research interests, with a remarkable interdisciplinary approach, include Africa’s literatures, cultures, and politics; the African diaspora; and colonial and postcolonial literatures. Doh has published numerous substantial scholarly works, includingAfrica’s political Wasteland: The Bastardization of Cameroon, andStereotyping Africa: Surprising Answers to Surprising Questions.He is currently teaching in the Department of English at Century College in Minnesota. Gloria Nne Onyeoziriis a professor of French at the University of British Columbia. She publishedLa Parole poétique d’Aimé Césaire(L’Harmattan, 1992) andShaken Wisdom: Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fictionof Virginia Press, 2011). Other (University recent publications include “In the Face of the Daughter: Feminist Perspectives on Métissage as a Gendered Concept in the Works of Maryse Condé” (inEmerging Perspectives on Maryse Condé, African World Press, 2006) and “Gisèle Pineau et l’oralité mondialisée” (Nouvelles études francophones,2012). Robert Alvin Miller teaches French and African Studies at the University of British Columbia. He has published studies on J.M.G. Le Clézio and other francophone authors including Simone and André Schwarz-Bart, D. T. Niane and Aminata Sow Fall. Recent studies include “Interface and Erasure in Le Clézio’s ‘Mondo’ and Gatlif’sMondo” (International Journal of Francophone Studies) and “Communes hippies et autres communautés improvisées chez Maryse Condé et J.M.G. Le Clézio” (inDiasporiques, F. Paré & T. Collington, eds., Ottawa: Éditions David, 2013). Adaku T. Ankumahan Associate Professor of English at is Tuskegee University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her areas of interest include women’s literature (with a focus on African and Diaspora women) and the short story genre. Bill F. Ndi, poet, playwright, storyteller, literary critic, translator, historian of ideas and mentalities as well as an academic has held teaching positions in several universities in Australia, France and
elsewhere. He now teaches in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA. He has published numerous scholarly works on Early Quakerism and translation of Early Quaker writings. He has also published poetry and plays extensively in both the French and the English languages. Benjamin Hart Fishkin is an Assistant Professor of English at Tuskegee University, where he specializes in teaching Nineteenth Century British Literature. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama where he served as a Junior Fellow in The Blount Undergraduate Initiative.
Table of Contents Preface………………………………………………………….. ix Introduction…………………………………………………….. xi Section I: Prose and Verse on the Verge………………..…….1Chapter 1 Bill F. Ndi’s Social Angst and Humanist Vision: Politics, Alienation and the Quest for Freedom inK’cracy, Trees in the Storm and Other Poems.Emmanuel Fru Doh………………………………3Chapter 2 In Moments Like These: Emmanuel Fru Doh and the Mirrors of Romanticism.Antonio Jimenez-Munoz……………………….31Chapter 3 Warring Estrangement in Edward Coxere’s Adventures by Sea. Bill F. Ndi……………………………………………………...55Section II: Outside Looking in……………………………….81Chapter 4 The Oppressed Out of the Circle:United Marginals in Francis B. Nyamnjoh’sThe Travail of Dieudonné.Adaku T. Ankumah………83Chapter 5 F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Pain of Exclusion.Benjamin Hart Fishkin…………………………………………………………107Chapter 6 Minority Identity and the Question of Social Failure in John N. Nkengasong’sAcross the Mongolo.Blossom Ngum Fondo………125