In May 2019, Afrikaanse letterkunde, so far the one and only handbook of African literature in the Dutch language, will come out in a brand new edition at Amsterdam University Press.
Mineke Schipper first published the book in 1983 and then in an updated version in 1990.
The forthcoming AUP edition was co-written by Mineke Schipper, Daniela Merolla and Inge Brinkman. It includes new developments in African literatures over the last 25 years and more information on literature in African languages, and it explores the literary connections between Africa south of the Sahara and North-Africa.
The new edition will be celebrated with a festive programme including the following speakers: Annachiara Raia, specialist on oral and written African literatures and Leiden University lecturer, Asis Aynan, writer and initiator of the ‘BerberBibliotheek’, a series in which classical books from Berber countries appear, and Ama van Dantzig, creative thinker about the arts, Africa and the world. Brief comments on the book by each of the authors will be followed by a convivial reception offered by the publisher.