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Relocating agency : modernity and African letters

Author: Olakunle George
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2003.
Series: SUNY series, explorations in postcolonial studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Combining a sustained critical engagement of Anglo-American theory with focused close-readings of major African writers, this book performs a long-overdue cross-fertilization of ideas among poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, and African literature. The author examines several influential figures in current theory such as Habermas, Althusser, Laclau and Mouffe, as well as the theorists of postcolonialism, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Chinua Achebe; D O Fagunwa; Wole Soyinka; Amos Tutuola; Chinua Achebe; D O Fagunwa; Wole Soyinka; Amos Tutuola; Chinua Achebe; D O Fagunwa; Wole Soyinka; Amos Tutuola
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Olakunle George
ISBN: 0791455424 9780791455425 0791455416 9780791455418
OCLC Number: 48964693
Description: xx, 227 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Issues and contexts: on knowledge as limit --
Contemporary theory and the demand for agency --
The logic of agency in African literary criticism --
D.O. Fagunwa as compound of spells --
Wole Soyinka and the challenge of transition.
Series Title: SUNY series, explorations in postcolonial studies.
Responsibility: Olakunle George.

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"Combining a sustained critical engagement of Anglo-American theory with focused close-readings of major African writers, this book performs a long-overdue cross-fertilization of ideas among poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, and African literature. The author examines several influential figures in current theory such as Habermas, Althusser, Laclau and Mouffe, as well as the theorists of postcolonialism, and offers an extended reading of the Nigerian writers D. O. Fagunwa, Wole Soyinka, Amos Tutuola, and Chinua Achebe. He argues that contrary to what the purism and voluntarism common to postcolonial theory might suggest, one lesson of African letters is that significant agency can result from acts that are blind to their determinations. For George, African letters offer an instance of "agency-in-motion," as opposed to agency in theory."--BOOK JACKET.

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