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Research in African Literatures:

A Preliminary Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Research in African Literatures (Bernth Lindfors, editor)
Title: Research in African Literatures Records
Dates: ca. 1966-1990
Extent: 95 boxes, 1 oversize box (39.9 linear feet)
Abstract: The records document the business and production operations of this publication. Correspondence and annual files included in the records concern accounts, address lists, advertising, book reviews, conferences, funding, inventory, journal exchanges, and subscriptions. Production materials consist of artwork, galleys, illustrations, manuscripts, mock-ups, offprints, and page proofs.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-03497
Language: English
Access: Open for research

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Gift, 1990 (G8431)
Processed by: Laura Parker and Joan Sibley, 1995

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Organizational History

Research in African Literatures, founded in 1970 as a semi-annual publication and expanded in 1980 to a quarterly publication, is the central scholarly forum for discussion of modern African literature, oral traditions and folklore, poetry, and literary criticism. Contributors have included Albert Gerard, Alan Paton, Chinua Achebe, Gerald Moore, Donatus I. Nwoga, Romanus Egudu, Dennis Brutus, Wilson Harris, and Ezekiel Mphahlele. Scholars such as William Bascom, Daniel J. Crowley, Alan Dundes, Richard M. Dorson, Roger D. Abrahams, and John F. Szwed have led an examination of the African roots of American folklore. Also provided are accounts of research in progress, university literature programs, and reports from libraries and archives. Special issues focus on particular topics of interest, such as the concept of national literature, Soviet scholarship on African literatures, Black South African literature since 1976, African song, West African popular culture, and African folklore in the New World. RAL also provides lists of theses and dissertations, conference reports, and book reviews.
RAL is an official publication of the African Literature Association and the African Literatures Division of the Modern Language Association. It was edited by Bernth Lindfors, Professor of English, of The University of Texas at Austin through Vol. 20, No. 4, Winter 1989, and was published by the University of Texas Press. The final issue under Lindfors's direction is a complete index of the journal to date. With Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1990, the editorship was assumed by Richard Bjornson at Ohio State University, and RAL is now published by Indiana University Press.

Research in African Literatures--Folder List