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Lindfors, Bernth

Overview
Works: 262 works in 858 publications in 1 language and 21,770 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Reference works  Interviews  Bibliographies  Exhibition catalogs  History  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Creator, Restager
Classifications: PR9205.A52, 823
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Bernth Lindfors
Early African entertainments abroad : from the Hottentot Venus to Africa's first Olympians by Bernth Lindfors( )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries African and pseudo-African performers were displayed as curiosities throughout Europe and America. Appearing in circuses, ethnographic exhibitions, and traveling shows, these individuals and troupes drew large crowds. As Bernth Lindfors shows, the showmen, impresarios, and even scientists who brought supposedly representative inhabitants of the "Dark Continent" to a gaping public often selected the performers for their sensational impact. Spotlighting and exaggerating physical, mental, or cultural differences, the resulting displays reinforced pernicious racial stereotypes and left a disturbing legacy.--Provided by publisher
African literatures and beyond : a florilegium by Bernth Lindfors( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This tribute collection reflects the wide range and diversity of James Gibbs's academic interests. The focus is on Africa, but comparative studies of other literatures also receive attention. Fiction, drama, and poetry by writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ireland, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed alongside significant missionaries, scientists, performers, and scholars. The writers discussed include Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei A
Twentieth-century Caribbean and Black African writers( Book )

16 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the post-colonial Anglophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean and their works
Twentieth-century Caribbean and Black African writers( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles more than thirty Caribbean and Black African writers of the twentieth century, presenting primary and secondary bibliographies and illustrated biographical essays that chronicle each writer's career in detail
Twentieth-century Caribbean and Black African writers( Book )

20 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the post-colonial Anglophone writers from Africa and the Caribbean and their works
Ira Aldridge by Bernth Lindfors( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 chronicles the rise of one of the modern world's first black classical actors, as he ascended from an impoverished childhood in New York City to a career as a celebrated thespian on the British stage. After a successful debut in London in 1825, Aldridge began touring the British provinces, billing himself grandiloquently as the "African Roscius," and attracting crowds with his powerful presence and style. He received accolades not only as a tragedian in classic roles such as Othello and Oroonoko but also as a comic actor in popular farces and musicals. In 1833, when a bill to abolish slavery was being debated in Parliament, he was called back to London to perform at one of the city's most prestigious theaters, where his appearance, now under his own name but also billed as "a native of Senegal," created a great deal of controversy. In dealing with Aldridge's emergence as a professional actor in the United Kingdom, Lindfors here records in detail the ups and downs of his itinerant existence in a world where no theatergoer had ever seen anyone like him on stage before. Aldridge was genuinely a unique phenomenon in Britain at a pivotal point in history
Approaches to teaching Achebe's Things fall apart by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 1, "Materials," surveys biographical sources and interviews, background studies, critical commentaries, films based on Things Fall Apart, and other instructional aids. In part 2, "Approaches," sixteen contributors describe strategies they have used to teach Achebe's work. Several essays were solicited from eminent African scholars who, having taught abroad, know firsthand the challenges of conveying cross-cultural understanding through African literature. The volumn features an introductory statement by Chinua Achebe, in which he comments on the responses his novel has elicited from readers around the world and offers advice on probing the significance of the story
Folklore in Nigerian literature / Bernth Lindfors by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

12 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black African literature in English : a guide to information sources by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversations with Chinua Achebe by Chinua Achebe( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ira Aldridge, the African Roscius by Bernth Lindfors( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection restores the luster to Ira Aldridge's reputation by examining his extraordinary achievements against all odds. The early essays offer biographical information, while later essays examine his critical and popular reception throughout the world. Here, too, are analyses of Aldridge's performances in some of his most famous roles, as well as surprising new information about his private life. Taken together, these diverse approaches to Aldridge offer a fuller understanding and heightened appreciation of a remarkable man who had an exceptionally interesting life and a spectacular career."--Jacket
Critical perspectives on Amos Tutuola by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical perspectives on Chinua Achebe( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical perspectives on Nigerian literatures( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dennis Brutus tapes : essays at autobiography by Dennis Brutus( )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) is known internationally as a South African poet, anti-apartheid activist and campaigner for human rights and the release of political prisoners. His literary works include 'Sirens Knuckles Boots' (1963), 'Letters to Martha, and Other Poems from a South African Prison' (1968), 'A Simple Lust' (1973), and 'Stubborn Hope' (1978). When Dennis Brutus was a Visiting Professor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1974-75, he recorded on tape a series of reflections on his life and career. In addition, he frequently responded to questions about his poetry and political activities put to him by students and faculty in formal and informal interviews that were also captured on tape. Transcripts of a selection of these tapes, as well as reprints of two interviews recorded earlier, are reproduced here in order to put on record fragments of the autobiography of a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times and managed to leave his mark on the land and literature of South Africa. Brutus was an effective anti-apartheid campaigner who succeeded in getting South Africa excluded from the Olympics. His opposition to racial discrimination in sports led to his arrest, banning, and imprisonment on Robben Island. Upon release, he left South Africa and lived most of the rest of his life in exile, where he continued his political work and simultaneously earned an international reputation as a poet who often sang of his love for his country. The tapes are edited by Bernth Lindfors who has added an Introduction and a transcript of a 1970 interview as well as other transcripts of lectures and discussions. Bernth Lindfors is Professor Emeritus of English and African Literatures, The University of Texas at Austin, and founding editor of 'Research in African Literatures'
Africans on stage : studies in ethnological show business( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forms of folklore in Africa : narrative, poetic, gnomic, dramatic( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popular literatures in Africa by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve essays explore Africa's popular writers including Achebe, Brutus, and Ngugi
Ira Aldridge : the vagabond years, 1833-1852 by Bernth Lindfors( )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ira Aldridge: The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852 deals in depth with the later experiences of one of the modern world's first black classical actors as he toured throughout the United Kingdom impressing audiences with his virtuosity and versatility as an interpreter not only of tragic and comic black roles but also eventually as an actor of classic white Shakespearean parts -- Shylock, Macbeth, Richard III, even Iago. Aldridge was very popular in Ireland and remained there for six years, performing in venues large and small. He traveled often in his own carriage with assistants who supported him in scenes, enabling famous plays to be staged anywhere, even in villages that did not have a proper theater. He also performed periodically in large cities with professional acting companies, and returned to the London stage in 1848, after leaving it fifteen years earlier. During these years he expanded his repertoire, refined his skills, and gained a reputation as one of Britain's most talented thespians. In dealing with Aldridge's emergence as a professional actor in the United Kingdom, Lindfors here records in detail the ups and downs of his itinerant existence in a world where no theatergoer had ever seen anyone like him on stage before. Aldridge was genuinely a unique phenomenon in Britain at a pivotal point in history. Bernth Lindfors is Professor Emeritus of English and African Literatures, University of Texas at Austin, and editor of Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius (University of Rochester Press, 2007)
Black African literature in English, 1982-1986 by Bernth Lindfors( Book )

15 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Twentieth-century Caribbean and Black African writers
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Approaches to teaching Achebe's Things fall apartConversations with Chinua AchebeIra Aldridge, the African RosciusThe Dennis Brutus tapes : essays at autobiographyAfricans on stage : studies in ethnological show business
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English (248)