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African Literature in Defence of History. an Essay on Chinua Achebe Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

African Literature in Defence of History. an Essay on Chinua Achebe

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Published January 1st 2001
ISBN : 9781903625101
Paperback
196 pages
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A new essay focusing on the contribution of Chinua Achebes writing to Africas literary and political life, from the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, and the present state of Africa. The essay is interdisciplinary drawing on history,MoreA new essay focusing on the contribution of Chinua Achebes writing to Africas literary and political life, from the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, and the present state of Africa. The essay is interdisciplinary drawing on history, politics and economics, conflict theory and literary criticism. It is wide in scope, discussing a breadth of topics such as imbalances in trade relations between Africa and the rest- the inefficacy and hypocrisy of Western aid in light of debt and the arms supply from the West- genocide and HIV- and the implications of current US uni-polar dominance for Africa. In the context of his study Ekwe-Ekwe celebrates what he argues are the seminal dimensions of Achebes writings: which affirm an African historicity- point to the futility of an unreconstructed post-colonial state in leading Africas reconstruction- and advocate an African renaissance based on Africas critical engagement with its rich cultural heritage. The author is a Professor of history and politics and Director of the centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Dakar.