The Afropolitan Flâneur in Literature

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AuthorCarol Leff
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Year Of Publication2022

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About The Afropolitan Flâneur in Literature

This timely study engages in the Afropolitan debate via the streets of the literary city. It first provides a historical and theoretical framework to illustrate how the literary flâneur—an aimless wanderer of the city—migrated from Europe to Africa and the diaspora, and how this figure is to be understood in relation to current considerations of Afropolitanism.

The literary analysis focuses on texts set in three cities in Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Lagos), as well as three global north cities (New York, Paris, and London), considered through the eyes of various types of Afropolitan flâneur. By problematising the binaries of local/global, national/transnational, black/white, and slum/paradise, this book addresses issues of belonging or not belonging, and gestures towards new ways of understanding what it means to be an African in the world today.

Carol Leff’s creative writing has appeared in local and international literary journals and anthologies, and her debut collection of poetry, flashes, was published by Aerial in 2009. She is the Publications Manager at the Institute for the Study of the Englishes of Africa (ISEA), and is a lecturer and supervisor in the MA Creative Writing programme in the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University in Makhanda. Carol holds a PhD in literary studies and her book titled *The Afropolitan Flâneur in Literature* in which she investigates literary representations of the city and contemporary urban identities in Africa and the African diaspora was released by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2022.