Close to the Sources
Essays on Contemporary African Culture, Politics and Academy
Routledge – 2011 – 172 pages
Series: Routledge African Studies
European and African works have found it difficult to move past the image of Africa as a place of exotica and relentless brutality. This book explores the status and critical relationship between politics, culture, literary creativity, criticism, education and publishing in the context of promoting Africa’s indigenous knowledge, and seeks to recover some of the sites where Africans continue to elaborate conflicting politics of self-affirmations. It both acknowledges and steps outside the protocols of analysis informed by nationalism, differentiating the forms that postcolonial theories have taken, and arguing for a selective appropriation of theory that emerges from Africa’s lived experiences.
1. Introduction: The Assault on African Cultures 2. Notes on Theorising Black Diaspora in Africa 3. On the Postcolony and the Vulgarisation of Political Criticism 4. Rethinking the Epistemic Conditions of Genocide in Africa 5. African Indigenous Knowledge Systems 6. Knowledge Production and Publishing in Africa 7. Amilcar Cabral: National Liberation as the Basis of Africa’s Renaissances 8. Amilcar Cabral and the Fortunes of African Literature 9. Perspectives on Africanising Educational Curricula in Africa 10. Voices from the Fringes: Some Reflections on Postcolonial South African Writings
Abebe Zegeye is Director of the Hawke Institute at the University of South Australia.
Maurice Vambe is Professor in the Department of English Studies at University of South Africa.