“Asian and African” literature is the body of literary works produced by writers living in Africa or in Asia, including the regions of China, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Japan, India and the areas collectively known as the Middle East.
These works include every known literary form and span almost every historical and literary time period from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, reflecting the values, social norms, sentiments, religious and political ideals of their respective nations.
Asian and African Literature
The following authors in our database represent the Asian and African Literature category of World Literature:
(Where appropriate, some authors or works of this period may be found in the Mythology, Fables and Folktales category of this collection)
|Achebe, Chinua (1930-2013)||Khayyam, Omar (1048-1131)|
|Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi (1977-)||Mahfouz, Naguib (1911-2006)|
|Adiga, Aravind (1974-)||Markandaya, Kamala (1924-2004)|
|Aidoo, Ama Ata (1942-)||Mishima, Yukio (1925-1970)|
|Akutagawa, Ryunosuke (1892-1927)||Nafisi, Azar (1947-)|
|Anand, Mulk Raj (1905-2004)||Ninh, Bao (1952-)|
|Anonymous: Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (1300s)||Okigbo, Christopher (1932-1967)|
|Anonymous: The Arabian Nights||Roy, Arundhati (1961-)|
|Anonymous: The Koran (610 AD)||Saint Augustine (354 AD-430 AD)|
|Ch’eng-en, Wu (1505-1580)||Salih, Tayeb (1929-2009)|
|Chin, Pa (1904-2005)||Satrapi, Marjane (1969-)|
|Coetzee, J.M. (1940-)||Thiong’o, Ngũgĩ wa (1938-)|
|Dangarembga, Tsitsi (1959-)||Valmiki (c. 400 BC)|
|El Saadawi, Nawal (1931-)||Vatsyayana (c. 100s BC)|
|Emecheta, Buchi (1944-2017)||Yehoshua, Abraham B. (1936-)|
|Fugard, Athol (1932-)||Yoshimoto, Banana (1964-)|
|Ilibagiza, Immaculée (1970-)|
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