Bibliography of writings on Nigerian market literature
Kenneth P. Lohrentz
African Studies Librarian
University of Kansas Libraries
bibliography is a sequel to "Bibliography of writings on Nigerian
market literature," in Market literature from Nigeria :
a checklist, ed. by Peter Hogg and Ilse Sternberg, pp. xiii-xix
(London : British Library, 1990). Hogg & Sternberg is
the standard bibliographic work both of and about Onitsha market literature. The
bibliography cited above includes 89 sources about the genre that were
published or written prior to 1985. The compilation below
lists sources written since that date and also includes a few earlier
works not included in Hogg & Sternberg’s bibliography.
various compilations of Bernth Lindfors’ Black African Literature
in English, spanning most of the period covered by this listing,
were invaluable for this project. Other standard bibliographies,
including the African Studies Abstracts (Leiden), the International
African Bibliography (London), and the Africa Bibliography (Manchester
and Dover, NH), were also consulted. Bibliographic databases
utilized included WorldCat, Dissertation Abstracts Online, the Africana
Conference Paper Index, and the online catalog of the Melville J. Herskovits
Library of African Studies at Northwestern University.
compiler wishes to acknowledge the valuable assistance of Joy Wrolson,
Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film,
University of Kansas, in the compilation of this bibliography.
T. “Ekwensi roots for Onitsha brand.” Sunday Times (Lagos) 3 March 1991: 3.
Emphasizes the importance of popular literature
in a speech on “The Creative writer and the challenge of the moment.
C. Don. "Onitsha market literature.” Manchester
Guardian 11 April 1987: 13; 18 April 1987: 13; 25
April 1987: 13.
Femi. "Youth novels : Longman sounds the gong.” Daily
Times (Lagos) 18 July 1987: 13.
Chike. Heroes & heroines of Onitsha. 1st ed. Onitsha
: The Author, 1987.
literature killed.” Sunday Nation (Nairobi)
16 February 1986: 11.
Udegbunem, and Lee Nichols. Udegbunem Anya, Nigeria
(Onitsha market writer) [sound recording]. [Washington,
D.C.] : Voice of America [1975-1979?]
The author discusses the pulp fiction that
he wrote in the 1950’s in the Onitsha market genre. He reads
from one of his short novels and comments on the early beginning of
literature in modern Nigeria.
Misty Laurette. "The World as marketplace : historical,
cosmological, and popular constructions of the Onitsha market system
(Igbo, Nigeria).” Thesis (Ph.D.)—University of Chicago,
Cultural Anthropology, 1992.
Chukukere, Gloria Chineze. Gender
voices and choices : redefining women in contemporary African fiction. Enugu,
Nigeria : Fourth Dimension Pub. Co., 1995.
Includes a chapter on "Onitsha market
literature : the chapbook heroine.”
Coulon, Virginia. "Onitsha
goes national : Nigerian writing in Macmillan’s pacemaker series.” Research
in African Literatures 18 (1987): 304-319.
Eleurius, E. John. "Ogali
A. Ogali’s Veronica my daughter, a classical representative
of popular literature in Nigeria.” Paper presented at the
annual meeting of the African Literature Association, Howard University,
Washington, D.C., 1982.
Philemon Victor. "Aspects of language use in the Onitsha
pamphlet literature : a systematic approach.” Thesis (M.A.)—Ahmadu
Bello University, 1986.
Wendy. Bearing witness : readers, writers, and the
novel in Nigeria. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Discusses the "Onitsha phenomenon” in
the broader context of post-war literary developments in Nigeria.
Peter, and Ilse Sternberg. Market literature from
Nigeria : a checklist. London : British Library,
Frank. "Ogali Ogali : the undisputed king of Onitsha
market literature.” National Concord (Lagos)
10 (October 1988): 5.
Annette. "Beward of women! : presentations of women
in Onitsha market literature.” Nommo 2, no.
1 (1985): 40-48.
Bernth. Popular literatures in Africa. Trenton,
NJ : Africa World Press, c1991.
See pp. 23-33: "Postwar
popular literatures in Nigeria.”
Stephanie. "From the brink of oblivion : the anxious masculinism
[sic] of Nigerian market literatures,” Research in African literatures 27,
in African popular fiction. London ; Bloomington
: International African Institute in association with Indiana University
Includes two articles previously published in other
sources: "Onitsha market literature,” / by Donatus Nwoga and "The
Role of the publisher in Onitsha market literature / by Don Dodson.
Lee. "An Onitsha market writer.” African
Literature Association Bulletin (Edmonton) 16, no. 2 (1990):
Irina D. "The Development and distinctive features
of forms of the novel in African literature.” Research
in African Literatures 18 (1987): 422-433.
Obi, Amanze. "Onitsha market
literature revisited.” Manchester Guardian 18
August 1991: B5.
Victor. "Obiechina sounds knell on Onitsha literature.” Manchester
Guardian 17 November 1987: 13.
Says it died with the Nigerian civil war.
Gerald. "Market forces : Onitsha pamphlets and the
postcolonial experience.” In Signs and signals : popular
culture in Africa, ed. by Raoul Granqvist, 173-181. Umea : Acta Universitatis Umensis, 1990.
K. W. J. "Nigerian pamphleteers and the Congo.” Journal
of Modern African Studies 2, no. 3 (Nov. 1964): 405-418.
Alain. "La littérature d’Onitsha.” Année
Africaine (1978): 387-396.
Joseph. "On Nigerian pop culture.” Dialectical
anthropology 3 (1978): 261-267.
Reinhard. "Attitudes towards science and technology
in African trivial literature : the example of Onitsha market literature.” In Cultural
development, science, and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa,” ed.
by Klaus Gottstein and Gotz Link, 131-139. Baden-Baden
: Nomos, 1986.
Mineke. Afrikaanse letterkunde. Utrecht
: Spectrum, 1983.
Covers Onitsha writing.
Josef J. English in Africa : an introduction. London
and New York : Longman, 1991.
Includes a chapter on Onitsha writers.
Almut. Die Literaturen Schwartzafrikas : eine Einführung. Munich
: Beck, 1984.
Kurt. The important book of Nigerian market literature
: a bibliography. [New York?] : The Author, [1990-1998?]
turns man up and down : high life, useful advice, and mad English
: African market literature. 1st ed. New
York : Pantheon Books, 2001.