Postcolonial African Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Neil Lazarus (essay date 1990)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lazarus, Neil. “Great Expectations and the Mourning After: Decolonization and African Intellectuals.” In Resistance in Postcolonial African Fiction, pp. 1-26. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1990.

[In the following essay, Lazarus outlines the political, social, and cultural circumstances surrounding the development of postcolonial African literature, focusing on the struggle by African writers to establish a new mode of writing based on the changed postcolonial and post-independence conditions in their various nations.]

On March 6, 1957, Ghana gained its independence from Britain, becoming the first sub-Saharan African colony to do so. Over 100,000...

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Graham Huggan (essay date 2001)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Huggan, Graham. “African Literature and the Anthropological Exotic.” In The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins, pp. 34-57. London, England: Routledge, 2001.

[In the following essay, Huggan presents a critical examination of the processes by which value is attached to postcolonial works, specifically exploring the link between ethnographic interpretations of African literature and the role Africa itself has played in being a source of marketable cultural uniqueness for Western audiences.]

This chapter begins with the deceptively simple question: what is African literature? The question immediately begs another: African literature from which...

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