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Title: Politics of the Postcolonial Text: Africa and Its Diasporas
Edited By: James Tar Tsaaior
Series Title: LINCOM Textual Analyses 03

In their very historical constitution and derivation, politics is the
essential and governing character of postcolonial cultures. In the same
way, politics defines and gives energy to the postcolonial text. The
political complexion of the postcolonial text registers itself in the fact
that it is a counter-hegemonic text to the colonial text which is
predatory. It is in this schema that the postcolonial text, in its
essential political aspirations, participates in the production and
circulation of cultural knowledge that is historically particular and
ideologically positioned. These regimes of knowledge simultaneously
interrogate and revise totalizing and absolutist modes of epistemologies
and their accompanying hermeneutics which are decidedly prejudiced and
uncharitable to that of others.

Through this strategy, the postcolonial text, inevitably, imposes on itself
the project of recuperating and reconstituting the social and cultural
histories of the postcolony as part of the knowledge infrastructure with
which to assert its energies and cultural self-presence. This process of
self-retrieval and self-renewal is symbolically significant and is central
to the thematic concern of this book. Firstly, it represents an
acknowledgement of a loss, lack or limitation and the determination to
embark on a journey to recover or remedy the lack. Secondly, it calls for
the re-articulation and reaffirmation of cultural verities that can
galvanise the affected society on the path of self-knowledge as a basis for
the re-vindication of its self-identity.

The essays that constitute this book approximate a narrative mosaic on
which is etched tributary topical concerns which find their confluence in
the integrity of the postcolonial text as a political and cultural event
for the secretion of meanings central to African and Black identity through
the continuum of history. The political dimension of this textual project
congeals in the fact that it unveils and participates in the amalgam of
issues that have been definitive of the Black cultural condition.


James Tar Tsaaior: Introduction: Of Origins, Politics and the Place of the
Postcolonial Text in Black History/Culture

Ikenna Kamalu: Metaphor, Nationhood and the Rhetoric of Postcolonial
Politics in Ben Okri’s Novels

Henri Oripeloye: Urhobo Myth and Oral Rhetoric as Constitutive Sites in
Tanure Ojaide’s Poetry

Anke Bartels: Failing to Contain the World: The Politics of Space in
Rebecca Njau’s Ripples in the Pool

Philip Onoriode Aghoghovwia: Globalisation and Cultural Identity Discourse
in the Exilic Poetry of Tanure Ojaide and Odia Ofeimun

Gboyega Kolawole & Sule E. Egya: History and the Politics of Representation
in the Postcolonial African Text

Ogaga Okuyade: Threnody in the Postcolonial Text: The Example of New
Nigerian Poetry

Andrew Ame Aba: A Post-colonial Reading of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall
Apart and Anthills of the Savannah

James Tar Tsaaior: Aesthetics, Politics and Recent Nigerian Popular Music
as Counter-narratives

Sunny Awhefeada: Myth, History and the Identity of Africa: The
Autobiographical Context of Alex Haley’s Roots

David Ekanem Udoinwang: History, (re)memory And Cultural Self-presencing:
The Politics of Postcolonial Becoming in the Caribbean Novel

James Tar Tsaaior: (Re-)configuring Black Musical Genealogies: The Diaspora
and Africa

Dr. Tsaaior is the current Head, Department of Mass Media and Writing at
SMC, the Director of Academic Planning, Pan-African University and a member
of the University Senate.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3862880141
ISBN-13: 9783862880140
Pages: 228
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