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The power to name : a history of anonymity in colonial West Africa

Author: Stephanie Newell
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2013
Series: New African histories
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Between the 1880s and the 1940s, the region known as British West Africa became a dynamic zone of literary creativity and textual experimentation.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie Newell
ISBN: 9780821420324 0821420321
OCLC Number: 870940285
Awards: Nominated for Melville J. Herskovits Award 2014
Description: ix, 255 s
Contents: Introduction: anonymity, pseudonymity, and the question of agency in colonial West African newspapers --
Part 1. Newspapers in colonial West Africa --
The "fourth and only estate" : defining a public sphere in colonial West Africa --
Articulating empire: newspaper networks in colonial West Africa --
Part 2. Case studies from the Colonial Office --
The view from afar : the Colonial Office, imperial government, and pseudonymous African journalism --
Part 3. Case studies from West African newspapers --
Trickster tactics and the question of authorship in newspaper folktales --
Printing women : the gendering of literacy --
Nominal ladies and "real" women writers : female pseudonyms and the problem of authorial identity in the cases of "Rosa" and "Marjorie Mensah" --
Conclusion. "New visibilities" : African print subjects and the birth of the (postcolonial) author --
Appendix: I.T.A. Wallace-Johnson in court
Series Title: New African histories
Responsibility: Stephanie Newell

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