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Anglophone Cameroon Poetry in the Environmental Matrix

Eunice Ngongkum

This book explores contemporary Anglophone Cameroon poetry’s engagement with the environment through an eco-textual analysis of a cross section of poems from different poets. In this regard, the work broadens the field of ecocriticism beyond the original Anglo-American axis by developing a more locally-rooted in ecocriticism while making a valuable addition to the growing field of African ecocriticism.

It spotlights environmental degradation, the inextricable relationship between nature and culture as well as the intersection between history, politics, ethics and the environment in the Anglophone Cameroon cultural imaginary.

Focusing on the current need for the humanities to effectively respond to environmental challenges, the book foregrounds an environmental poetic vision that can be an ideal starting point for influencing and changing thought and behavioural patterns globally.

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I am grateful to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany for awarding me the Georg Foster Fellowship in 2014–2015 during which time I developed and worked on some of the chapters of this book. My hostess, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Mayer, of the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIFAS) of the Bayreuth University, Germany, did not only provide me with the warm and friendly academic environment to carry out research on the work but read through the chapters, made invaluable suggestions and helped shape my ideas on ecocritical practice. Sylvia, thank you and your team.

I appreciate the feedback I received on some of the chapters made by Professor Nol Alembong and PD. Dr. Eric Anchimbe.

I thank Dr. Gilbert Ndi Shang, the Anchimbe family, Yvette Ngum and Lilian Ngawa for making my stay in Bayreuth meaningful. I sincerely thank Mrs Grace Mokake, Emmanuel and Cathy Lamfu, Isaac Gwei and Mrs Teleu Juliana for their invaluable support.

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