I’m sure that by now most of us have heard of The Granta Book of the African Short Story. It is edited by the Nigerian author Helon Habila. I listened to a BBC program in which Mr. Habila gave the impression that the short stories is somewhat neglected in African literature. So I guess, it’s thanks to Granta for reviving the form. Hhmm… Of course, I disagree with his assessment of the African short story.
Anthologies of African literature are always problematic. Africa is huge and very diverse; how exactly does one anthologize that? Note to self: Big question for which I have no answer will spoil the fun, so ignore.
Here, then, is a list of short story anthologies of African literature:
- The Granta Book of the African Short Story edited by Helon Habila (2011)
- African Short Stories edited by Chinua Achebe and C.L. Innes (2008)
- African Love Stories edited by Ama Ata Aidoo (2007)
- The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories edited by Nadezda Obradovic (2002)
- The Picador Book of African Short Stories edited by Stephen Gray (2000)
- Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing edited by Yvonne Vera (1999)
- Under African Skies: Modern African Stories edited by Charles Larson (1998)
- The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories edited by Denis Hirson (1994)
- The Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories edited by Chinua Achebe and C.L. Innes (1992)
An incomplete list but a good place to start.