Discussing the subject matter of the supernatural in African literature: Old and new

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  • Faith Ben-Daniels Department of Languages Education, Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Ghana

Keywords:

African literature, ghosts, spiritism, subject matter, supernatural

Abstract

This essay sought to examine the supernatural as a matter in African literature discourses and the degree to which it manifests itself in the political, socio-economic, and cultural systems of Africa. In order to achieve this, the essay further investigated the significance of the supernatural in contemporary African societies thus attempting to answer the following questions: does African literature old and new (where old and new refers to the year of publication of the novels as well as setting in the novels with regard to time) make room for the supernatural subject matter? Is there a favorable or bad portrayal of supernatural belief in African literature? These questions are addressed by evaluating and interpreting selected writings (literary foreground) dealing with supernatural subjects. The essay concludes by discussing methods in which the supernatural could be portrayed in order to favorably impact African societies.

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Published

2022-08-25

How to Cite

Ben-Daniels, F. (2022). Discussing the subject matter of the supernatural in African literature: Old and new. Hybrid Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies, 4(2). Retrieved from https://royalliteglobal.com/hybrid-literary/article/view/881

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