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L'année 1934: un bouquet de romans haoussa

Abstract : In 1933, in Northern Nigeria, the Literature Bureau, an agency of the colonial government, set up a literary contest aimed at providing reading material for Hausa people who were literate in their own language. The four laureates, edited by Rupert East, plus a fifth text co-authored by him, were published in 1934 and will form the first generation of Hausa novels. Following these first very short novels, a flourishing Hausa fiction was born, covering various topics from religious homilies to small semtimental novels. What charaterises this production, apart from its large number (several hundred), is the deep didactic stream that they have all in common. Finally, there has emerged from this production, a literary criticism with publications and university teaching both in English and Hausa.
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Bernard Caron. L'année 1934: un bouquet de romans haoussa. Xavier Garnier et Alain Ricard. L'effet roman. Arrivée du roman dans les langues d'Afrique, L'Harmattan, Paris, pp.113-126, 2006, Itinéraires et contacts de cultures, 38. ⟨halshs-00644387⟩

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