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[Editor's note: cross-posted from <H-AfrLitCine@h-net.msu.edu> (June, 2002)] H-NET BOOK REVIEW Published by H-AfrLitCine@h-net.msu.edu (June, 2002) Stephanie Newell, ed. _Readings in African Popular Fiction_. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002. ix + 206 pp. Photographs, manuscript facsimiles, notes, index. $54.95 (cloth) ISBN 0-253-34051-9; $24.95 (paper), ISBN 0-253-21510-2. Reviewed for H-AfrLitCine by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay <firstname.lastname@example.org>, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Cartoons, Market Literature and Genre Fiction: An Overview of African Popular Literature With this work, Stephanie Newell addresses a little-studied area of African literature. This volume will bring attention to an important segment of African writing that has been largely unrecognized in Europe and the United States. Newell's collection, a cross between an encyclopedia and a textbook, focuses attention on a wide array of genre fiction, including romance and detective novels, as well as urban cautionary tales. The material is arranged into three sections, based on geography, having one section each for West African, East African and Southern African popular literatures. Each section contains scholarly articles and primary texts. The articles are culled from publications of well-known Africanists including Bernth Lindfors, Raoul Grandqvist and Alain Ricard, among others. The articles provide the reader with essential background on topics as varied as Onitsha market literature, Hausa language publishing, Malawian romance novels, popular culture in Cameroon and the motif of Ogbaanje (spirit children) in Nigerian popular fiction. Issues of language, politics and gender in the popular fictions of Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Cameroon are also addressed. The fascinating primary texts include Alex La Guma's "Little Libby" cartoon strips; a reproduction of J. C. Anorue's _How to Become Rich and Avoid Poverty_; copies of covers, advertisements, cartoons, stories and letters published in _Drum_ magazine and _Joe_ magazine during the 1950s and 1970s; and excerpts from various novels. Although the collection includes many works that have been previously published in readily available sources, the unique primary materials and the arrangement of the resources will make this volume valuable to many scholars and library collections. Copyright (c) 2002 by H-Net, all rights reserved. H-Net permits the redistribution and reprinting of this work for nonprofit, educational purposes, with full and accurate attribution to the author, web location, date of publication, originating list, and H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online. For other uses contact the Reviews editorial staff: email@example.com.