Ghanaian Popular Fiction — 2001

'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.

Familiar narratives from local and international literary sources are endowed with new meanings and relevance, bearing little relation to the metropolitan “centers” in which the sources originated.

The exploration of gender relations is a dominant theme in the novels through which the authors express, mediate, and often resolve commonly held preoccupations about marriage, manhood, and money.

As well as filling a gap in Ghana's literary history, the book explores comparative cross-cultural perspectives.


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.

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