Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and the Novel in NigeriaWendy Griswold
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Winner of the 2002 Best Book Award “By using extensive interviews with publishers, booksellers, and readers, along with surveys and her own insights into the novels, Griswold offers on of the few truly comprehensive views of the world of literature in Africa. It is also a wonderfully optimistic book that suggests the vitality of the written word in contemporary Nigerian life.”—Choice "Griswold wears her learning lightly, using footnotes to show broader debates, keeping her text uncluttered... Bearing Witness provides a useful counterbalance to much detached, contemporary literary criticism; it demonstrates the needs for novels to be examined by scholars from a variety of disciplines."—James Gibbs, World Literature Today “It is rare to find an American scholar so committed to and successful in melding the approaches of the social sciences and the humanities as Griswold does.”—Vera Zolberg, American Journal of Sociology "To those readers who have explicit memories of Nigeria, whether good or not so good: Please read Wendy Griswold's Bearing Witness. And likewise to those who have never been to Nigeria: please read Grisworld's book. In other words, for anyone with an interest in historical political, cultural, and literary development in Nigeria (and Africa in general), Bearing Witness is a very good book."—Glen Bush, African Studies Review
Winner of American Sociological Association Culture Section Distinguished Book Award 2002.