Stephanie Newell is a professor of English at the University of Sussex, UK, and the author of West African Literature: Ways of Reading, Literary Culture in Colonial Ghana, and Ghanaian Popular Fiction: How to Play the Game of Life.

The Power to Name

A History of Anonymity in Colonial West Africa

By Stephanie Newell

Between the 1880s and the 1940s, the region known as British West Africa became a dynamic zone of literary creativity and textual experimentation. African-owned newspapers offered local writers numerous opportunities to contribute material for publication, and editors repeatedly defined the press as a vehicle to host public debates rather than simply as an organ to disseminate news or editorial ideology.

The Forger’s Tale

The Search for Odeziaku

By Stephanie Newell

Between 1905 and 1939 a conspicuously tall white man with a shock of red hair, dressed in a silk shirt and white linen trousers, could be seen on the streets of Onitsha, in Eastern Nigeria. How was it possible for an unconventional, boy-loving Englishman to gain a social status among the local populace enjoyed by few other Europeans in colonial West Africa?

Ghanaian Popular Fiction

'Thrilling Discoveries in Conjugal Life' and Other Tales

By Stephanie Newell

This is a study of the ‘unofficial’ side of African fiction—the largely undocumented writing, publishing, and reading of pamphlets and paperbacks—which exists outside the grid of mass production. Stephanie Newell examines the popular fiction of Ghana produced since the 1930s, analyzing the distinctive ways in which narrative forms are borrowed and regenerated by authors and readers.


New Titles

The Jerrie Mock Story · The First Woman to Fly Solo around the World · By Nancy Roe Pimm

The Common Lot and Other Stories · The Published Short Fiction, 1908–1921 · By Emma Bell Miles
Edited by Grace Toney Edwards
Introduction by Grace Toney Edwards

Reading for Health · Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel · By Erika Wright

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician · A Novel · By Tendai Huchu

Postcards from Stanland · Journeys in Central Asia · By David H. Mould

Merleau-Ponty · Space, Place, Architecture · Edited by Patricia M. Locke and Rachel McCann

Captured Peace · Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador · By Christine J. Wade

Under Ohio · The Story of Ohio’s Rocks and Fossils · By Charles Ferguson Barker

The Illustrated Letters of Richard Doyle to His Father, 1842–1843 · By Richard Doyle
Edited by Grant F. Scott