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last updated: 10/31/2011

Onitsha Market Literature: Secondary Sources

Most of the resources listed below have been taken from the guide to the literature published by the British Library in 1990, Market Literature from Nigeria: A Checklist, edited by Hogg and Sternberg. Although somewhat out of date, it remains an extremely thorough and helpful starting-point to this topic and should be consulted by interested students. Indiana University Wells Library call numbers have been provided, if available.


PRINT RESOURCES:

Anafulu, Joseph C. "Igbo Life and Art." The Conch 3.2 (1971): 181-204.
PL8000 .C74

---. The Igbo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. 1981, pp. 137-149.
Z3597 .A73

---. "Onitsha Market Literature: Dead or Alive?" Research in African Literatures 4.2 (1973): 165-71.
PL8000 .R43

Ayers, Peter K. "Ogali A. Ogali." World Literature Written in English 18.1 (1979): 99-113.
PN2 .W927

Ballard, W. L. Essays on African Literature. Atlanta: School of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, 1973. pp.175-91.
Not at IU.

Barber, K. "Popular Arts in Africa." African Studies Review 30.3 (1987): 1-78.
DT1 .A17

Beier, Ulli. "Public Opinion on Lovers." Black Orpheus 14 (1964): 4-16.
PL8011 .A1 B6

Bello, Sule and Abdullahi R. Augi, eds. Culture and the Book Industry in Nigeria. Lagos: National Council for Arts and Culture, 1993.
Z470 .N6 N3

Bordinat, Philip. "Dramatic Potential Among the Ibos." Journal of Popular Culture 4 (1971): 691-704.
HM101 .A1 J86

Böttcher, Rita. "Onitsha-Marktliteratur." Afrika und √úbersee 57.3 (1974): 201-209.
PL8000 .A25

Buckman, Thomas. "Bookstalls in an African Market: Onitsha, Eastern Nigeria." Books and Libraries at the University of Kansas 4.2 (1966): 1-2.
Z675 .U5 B72

Chukukere, Gloria Chineze. Gender Voices and Choices: Redefining Women in Contemporary African Fiction. Enugu: Fourth Dimension Publishers, 1995.
PR9344 .C495 1995

Collins, Harold Reeves. The New English of the Onitsha Chapbooks. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Center for International Studies, 1968.
PR972 .C698

Cosentino, Donald J. "The Onitsha Heroine." Ba Shiru 2.1-2 (1970-71): 52-62.
DT1 .B12

Coulon, V. "Onitsha Goes National: Nigerian Writing in Macmillan's Pacesetter Series." Research in African Literatures 18.3 (1987): 304-319.
PL8000 .R43 (also available electronically)

de Benko, Eugene. "Onitsha Market Literature in the Michigan State University Library." African Urban Notes 2.2 (1967): 12-14.
HT148 .A1 A25

Dodson, Don. Onitsha Pamphlets: Culture in the Marketplace. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1974. Ph.D. dissertation.
Not at IU.

---. "The Role of the Publisher in Onitsha Market Literature." Research in African Literatures 4.2 (1973): 172-188.
PL8000 .R43

Dodson, Don and Barbara Dodson. "Publishing Progress in Nigeria." Scholarly Publishing 4 (1972): 61-72.
Z284 .S36

Echeruo, Michael J. C. "Incidental Fiction in Nigeria." The African Writer 1.1 (1962):10-11, 18.
Not at IU.

Emenyonu, Ernest N. The Rise of the Igbo Novel. Ibadan: Oxford University Press, 1978. pp. 60-89.
PL8261.5 E54 1978

Fordyce, A. J. "The Catnachs of West Africa." Library Review 22 (1970): 367-369.
Z671 .L664

Granqvist, Raoul, ed. Signs & Signals: Popular Culture in Africa. Umea, Sweden: University of Umea Press, 1990. pp. 173-81.
DT14 .S53 1990

Haruna, Matthew. "A Critical Analysis of the Speeches of Chief Jombo, Bomber Billy and Mike in the Play Veronica My Daughter." Kuka 1980-81: 1-6.
PR9340 .A35

Herdeck, Donald Elmer. African Authors. Washington: Black Orpheus Press, 1973.
PL8010 .H542 (in both Reference and stacks)

Heywood, Christopher, ed. Perspectives on African Literature. New York: Africana Pub. Corp., 1971. pp. 106-116.
PL8010 .C748 1968

Hogg, Peter and Ilse Sternberg, eds. Market Literature from Nigeria: A Checklist. London: The British Library, 1990.
Z3597 .M37 1990

Ikpoto, Grey. "The Field of Authorship." The Nigerian Author Magazine 1 (1962): 7.
Not at IU.

Kuene, D. "African Vernacular Writing: An Essay in Self-Devaluation." African Social Research 9 (1970).
DT1 .A166

Larson, Charles R. "The Kennedy Myth in Nigeria." Colorado Quarterly 16.1 (1967): 39-45.
PN2 .C72

---. The Emergence of African Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1972. pp. 66-92.
PR9340 .L339

---. The Ordeal of the African Writer. London: Zed Books, 2001.
PR9340 .L37 2001

Lindfors, Bernth. "Additions and Corrections to Janheinz Jahn's 'Bibliography of Neo-African Literature' (1965)." African Studies Bulletin 11.2 (1968): 129-148.
DT1 .A17

---. "African Vernacular Styles in Nigerian Fiction." CLA Journal 9 (1966): 265-273.
P1 .A1 C5

---. Black African Literature in English: a Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1979.
Z3508 .L5 L56 (in Reference)

---. "A Checklist of Prewar Nigerian Chapbook Fiction and Poetry in English." African Journal 11.1-2 (1980): 53-63.
Z3503 .A258

---, ed. Critical Perspectives on Nigerian Literatures. Washington: Three Continents Press, 1976. pp. 194-211.
PL8014 .N6 C7

---. Folklore in Nigerian Literature. New York: Africana Pub. Co., 1973.
PR9387.1 .L746

---. "Heroes and Hero Worship in Nigerian Chapbooks." Journal of Popular Culture 1 (1967): 1-20.
HM101 .A1 J86

---. "Nigerian Chapbook Heroines." Journal of Popular Culture 2.3 (1968): 441-450.
HM101 .A1 J86

---. "Perverted Proverbs in Nigerian Chapbooks." Proverbium 15 (1970): 482-487.
PN6404 .P96

---. "Popular Literature for an African Elite." Journal of Modern African Studies 12.3 (1974): 471-86.
DT1 .J93

---. "Postwar popular literature in Nigeria." Okike 9 (1975): 52-64.
PR9387.45 .O41

---. "A Preliminary Checklist of Nigerian Biographical and Autobiographical Chapbooks in English." African Urban Notes, Bibliographical Supp. 4 (1967): 1-13.
HT148 .A1 A251

---. "A Preliminary Checklist of Nigerian Drama in English." Afro-Asian Theatre Bulletin 2.2 (): 16-21; 3.1 (1967): 22-25.
PN2016 .A183

---. "The Rise of African Pornography." Transition 42 (1973): 65-71.
PL8000 .T77

---. "Shakespeare and Nigerian Drama." Actes du Vie Congrés de l'Association Internationale de Littérature Comparée. Stuttgart: Bieber, 1975. pp. 639-641.
Not at IU.

Mezu, S. Okechukwu, "The Cradles of Modern African Writing: a Case Study of the Igbo Market Literature." The Conch 2.1 (1970): 3-11.
Not at IU.

---, ed. Igbo Market Literature. 5 volumes. Buffalo, NY: Black Academy Press, 1972.
PR9387.8 .P7 M63

Mgbakor, T. D. The Onitsha Pamphlets. Ibadan, 1966. Cert. Ed. dissertation.
Not at IU.

Middleton, John, ed. Black Africa: its Peoples and their Cultures Today. New York: Macmillan, 1970. pp. 174-180.
DT351 .M628

Newell, Stephanie. "From the Brink of Oblivion: the Anxious Masculinism of Nigerian Market Literatures." Research in African Literatures 27.3 (1996): 50-67.
PL8000 .R43

---. "Petrified Masculinities? Contemporary Nigerian Popular Literature by Men." Journal of Popular Culture. 30.4 (1997): 161-82.
HM101 .A1 J86

---, ed. Readings in African Popular Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.
PL8010.6 .R43

Nitecki, André. Onitsha Publications. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University, 1967.
Z3553 .N5 N37

Nkala, Nathan O. "Literature for the Masses." Renaissance 4 (1971): 21.
Not at IU.

Nwanodi, Glory O. "The Menace of Pamphlets." Educator 4 (1964): 21-22.
Not at IU.

Nwawume, Veronica. "Never Trust All You Read, or, How Many Grammatical Errors Make a Comedy?" Something 5 (1966): 65-67.
Not at IU.

Nwoga, Donatus Ibe. "Onitsha Market Literature." Transition 19 (1965): 26-33.
PL8000 .T77

Obeichina, Emmanuel N. An African Popular Literature: A Study of Onitsha Market Pamphlets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
PR9387.85 .O5 O13

---. Literature for the Masses: An Analytical Study of Popular Pamphleteering in Nigeria. Enugu, Nigeria: Nwankwo-Ifejika, 1971.
PR9387.1 .O124

---. Onitsha Market Literature. New York: Africana Pub. Corp., 1972.
PR9387.8 .P7 O12

Ogali, Ogali A. Veronica My Daughter and Other Onitsha Market Plays and Stories. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1980.
PR9387.9 .O34 V4

Okpaku, Joseph Ohiomogben, ed. New African Literature and the Arts. 3 volumes. New York: Crowell, 1970-73. Vol. 2, pp. 25-38, 66-71.
PL8010 .N465

"Onitsha Market." Nigeria Trade Journal 5.3 (1957): 88-91.
HF3931 .A33

Onyemelukwe, J. O. C. "Some Factors in the Growth of West African Market Towns: the Example of Pre-Civil War Onitsha, Nigeria." Urban Studies 11.1 (1974): 47-60.
HT101. U72

Ottah, Nelson. "That Dr. Obiechina's Literary Gold-brick." New Nigerian 29 April 1971: 8.
Not at IU.

Pearson, J. D. and R. Jones, eds. The Bibliography of Africa. London: Cass, 1970. pp. 223-239.
Z1008 .I615

Petersen, Kirsten Holst and Anna Rutherford, eds. Cowries and Kobos: The West African Oral Tale and Short Story. Mundelstrup, Denmark: Dangaroo Press, 1981. pp.47-50.
GR350.3 .C688 1981

Post, K. W. J., "Nigerian Pamphleteers and the Congo." Journal of Modern African Studies 2.3 (1964): 405-418.
DT1 .J93

Press, John, ed. Commonwealth Literature: Unity and Diversity in a Common Culture. London: Heinemann, 1965. pp. 144-150.
PE13. C74 1964

Reed, J. O. "Africa's Market Literature." Nation 196.3 (1963): 509-510.
AP2 .N2

---. "Chapbooks on the Market." Central African Examiner 6.8 (1963): 22-23.
DT850 .C39

Roscoe, Adrian A. Mother is Gold: a Study in West African Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971. pp. 143-154.
PR9408 .W45 R79

Sander, Reinhard W. "A Checklist of Works by Nigerian Popular Writer Ogali A. Ogali." Research in African Literatures 9.3 (1978): 445-448.
PL8000 .R43

Schmidt, Nancy J. An Anthropological Analysis of Nigerian Fiction. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University, 1965. Ph.D. dissertation.
PR 64 (on microfilm)

---. "Nigeria: Fiction for the Average Man." Africa Report 10.8 (1965): 39-41.
DT1 .A146

---. "Nigerian Chapbook Heroines: a Reply to Bernth Lindfors." Journal of Popular Culture 2 (1968): 451-456.
HM101 .A1 J86

Shelton, Austin J. "The Articulation of Traditional and Modern in Igbo Literature." The Conch 1.1 (1969): 30-52.
Not at IU.

Sullivan, Joanna. "The Question of a National Literature for Nigeria." Research in African Literatures 32.3 (2001): 71-85.
PL8000 .R43

Thometz, Kurt. Life Turns Man Up and Down: High Life, Useful Advice and Mad English: African Market Literature. New York: Pantheon, 2001.
PR9387.5 .L54 2001

Thorpe, Michael. "English in Nigeria." Literary Half Yearly 11.1 (1970): 39-52.
PR9494 .L776

Ulansky, G. "Caesar Crosses the River Niger: Shakespeare and the Onitsha Market Chapbooks." Journal of the New African Literature and the Arts 4 (1968).
PL8010 .J86

W., D. "Onitsha Pamphleteers." West Africa 2931 (13 Aug. 1973): 1113-14.
DT491 .W52

Wauthier, Claude. "Littérature et 'sous-littérature'." Jeune-Afrique 11 March 1972: 70.
AP27 .A25

"West Africa's Largest Market." Nigeria Magazine 65 (1960): 133-147.
DT515 .N42

Williams, Gavin, ed. Nigeria: Economy and Society. London: Collings, 1976.
HC517 .N48 N483

"Writing in West Africa." Times Literary Supplement 10 Aug., 1962: 570-71.
Z2034 .T5

Young, Peter. "A Note from Onitsha." Bulletin of the Association for African Literature in English 4 (1966): 37-40.
PL8000 .A848

Zell, Hans. "Publishing in West Africa: Producing Books Against the Odds." West Africa 3241 (1979): 1553-56.
J805 .N15



ONLINE RESOURCES:

  • Onitsha Market Literature: From the Bookstalls of a Nigerian Market.
    Website of the Onitsha Collection in the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.

  • Contemporary African Database [Archived]
    The database (developed by The Africa Centre, London, 2001-2006) is no longer available except in archived versions.

  • Innocent, O. Okoro. "From Onitsha Market Literature to General Trade Book Publishing in Nigeria."
    http://www.europublishing.info/sabdetarchive/ASAUK2002_Okoro_paper.htm

  • Ku-Mesu, Katalin Egri. "African Literature Survival Outside the Realm of Large World Publishers: Illusion or Reality?"
    http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/MotsPluriels/MP598ke.html

  • Larson, Charles. "Cyprian Ekwensi."
    http://www.bellagiopublishingnetwork.com/newsletter29/larson.htm

  • McCarthy, Cavan Michael. "Printing in Onitsha: Some Personal Observations on the Production of Nigerian Market Literature."
    http://www.lsu.edu/faculty/mccarthy/OnitshaText.htm

  • Thometz, Kurt. "Bill French & Onitsha Market Literature: Afterword to 'Life Turns Man Up and Down.'"
    http://www.autodidactproject.org/other/thometz2.html
    • last updated: 10/31/2011