The Novel in African Languages: Translation of Selected African Classics into English
The novel in African languages pre-dated European advent in Africa. I had completed research and produced a book manuscript titled "A Literary History of the Novel in African Languages: The Evolution and Development of the Igbo Novel--1857-2015." (250pp). The manuscript is being reviewed by Rutledge Publishers for publication. As part of the research, I translated the first novel in Igbo language--Omenuko written by Pita Nwana and published in London by Longmans Publishers in 1933, to illustrate both the art of the Igbo novel, and the trends of its development from the oral antecedents to the emergence of the novel. The present research will focus on two other pioneer Igbo novelists---D.N. Achara and Leopold Bell-Gam who were Pita Nwana's contemporaries. The first part of the research will be a translation of their individual novels-- Ala Bingo by Achara and Ije Odumodu Jere by Bell-Gam into English, followed by a literary analysis whose final outcome would be the production of a book which will be a sequel to A Literary History of the Novel.....
The schedule of the research falls into two semesters--Fall 2019, for the translation of the two novels into English, and the typing of the manuscript; Winter 2020-- literary analysis of the two novels, and the contributions of Achara and Bell-Gam in the development of the Igbo Novel, and the place in the literary history of the Igbo Novel. The Research Assistant will be required to wprk six hours a week---essentially typing, organizing materials, and proof-reading the manuscript from beginning to conclusion.
Prospective candidates should have good typing skills, be computer literate, and competent at proof-reading manuscripts to ensure the manuscript is error--free.The hours will be flexible taking into consideration the candidate's other commitments. The required six hours a week can be spread out as suits the Research Assistant. The work will be done on campus ---French Hall 346 --under my supervision.
- Job Opening ID
- Africana Studies
- Fall 2019 and Winter 2020
- Work could be done by someone not coming to campus (e.g., online or non-local student)
- What majors can apply?
- ANY Graduate Student
- Computer Science and Information Systems (MS)
- English Language and Literature (MA)
- Faculty Name
- Ernest Emenyonu
- Africana Studies