Towards the decolonisation of african literature pdf
Toward the Decolonization of African Literature by ChinweizuChinweizu is an institutionally unaffiliated Afrocentric scholar. A historian and cultural critic, his books include The West and the Rest of Us (1975), Second, enlarged edition (1987); Invocations and Admonitions (1986); Decolonising the African Mind (1987); Voices from Twentieth-century Africa (1988); Anatomy of Female Power (1990). He is also a co-author of Towards the Decolonization of African Literature (1980). His pamphlets include The Black World and the Nobel (1987); and Recolonization or Reparation? (1994) He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
He was was educated at Government Secondary School, Afikpo and later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and SUNY, Buffalo. While studying in America, during the civil rights era, Chinweizu became influenced by the philosophy of a black arts movement. He is commonly associated with Black orientalism.
This essay probes the production of critical knowledge in African literary studies with particular reference to the study of modern African poetry. It surveys the major paradigms and methods in this regard, exploring the viable alternatives and possibilities for reading the tradition. Modern African poetry in the context of the essay refers to African poetry in the received European languages—English, French and Portuguese—but for practical convenience, its focus is limited to modern African poetry of English expression and, to some extent, Francophone African poetry in English translation. The study assesses significant efforts made by African and non-African critics with regard to defining the tradition of modern African poetry. The notion of critical reception in the study is, consequently, so inclusive that it accommodates practices as diverse as canon formation, the formulation of critical criteria and the construction of African literary geography.
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Although as Chinweizu shows, there are African forms from which the modern African novel draws and is influenced, much of the early African Novels were written after contact with European colonization and were often written in European Languages whether that English is adapted to the Local context or imitative or English of the native Englishman which itself is varied. From the onset Africans have been dealing with the decolonization of African Literature through their very writing process. A number of issues have arisen during the course of producing African Literature, in critiquing it and further in assessing this criticism. I will attempt to give an overview of some of these issues below: 1 Primary Audience : To whom to write and all the implications which follow this? Such questions are mediated by issues of economics as well as the socialization of the writer and her desire and value for recognition from particular communities and influences language, style, technique, subject matter, treatment etc. Writers and critics have shown their position on which is the proper and primary audience for African writers whether overtly by stating it or by the nature of their writing. Ngugi Wa Thiongo made it a point while in prison to begin to write his works of fiction in his native Gikuyu even while his works are available in English and other languages.
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Decolonizing African Literature: Some of the Issues -Draft
In this illuminating analysis of African literature and the African writer's responsibility to society, the authors critique the dominant trends in contemporary African literature and literary criticism by highlighting the aims and techniques of such pan-African writers as Achebe, Senghor, Sembene, Maran, and Langston Hughes. Read more Table of contents. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item