Resource of the Week: African Writer Series

Resource: African Writer Series

Find out more about it: from Africana Librarian Araba Dawson-Andoh or in the African Studies subject guide.

cover of "No Easy Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela

African Writer Series is a collection of African literature, which can be used by students and researchers in African Studies, International Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and post-colonial writing. It contains full-text access to over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction, including digitized works from the highly acclaimed Heinemann’s African Writers Series. Authors in the database include Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Steve Biko, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Nelson Mandela, Dambudzo Marechera, Christopher Okigbo, Okot p’Bitek and Tayeb Salih  

Researchers are able to perform textual analyses of many African novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction using powerful search capabilities. The indexing of authors and works allows searches to be focused, such as filtering texts by women, prose fiction by Nigerian authors and references to specific tribes or languages. Much of the content in the database is out of print, so it provides access to otherwise inaccessible materials. Users can view author biographies and a full gallery of book covers from the original Heinemann print series.

The complete content can be browsed alphabetically by author and the search interface allows basic searches for keyword in work or in title, author or genre. Advanced search allows for additional author details such as gender, nationality, publication date etc.