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Title: post-Colonialism and Mainstream Anglophone African Novel [Ca.l970-20001: A Comparative Approach
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Yimer Kifie (Dr)
Melakneh, Mengistu
Keywords: Modem African Literature
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The production, mediation and critical reception of Modem African Literature was bound with the Ethnocentric framework until the emergence of the post-colonial theory which fully crystallized in the 19805. Since the appearance of The Empire Writes Back (1989) which ushered in a typo logical revision of critical theory, however, dogmatic universalism has been subverted in a bid for paradigm shift from a monolíthic critical theory to polyphonic canons. All the more, the Orientalists` defiance of the Eurocentric standard of literatures has triggered introspective indigenous authors to reclaim their history, language and culture. Bearing such assumption in mind, this study was designed to detem1ine tne post-colonial trajectories as reflected in mainstream Anglophone African novel (ca.l970 -2000). Structurally, the study is organized into four parts and eight chapters. In the Preliminary chapters (1-3), an attempt has been made to shed light on the matrices of and the major issues in the study of Modem African Literature together with the theoretical framework. The Second Part, where the bulk of the work is concentrated, deals with a contrapuntal reading of selected East, West and southem African post-colonial novels in that order under three independent chapters (4-6). The post-colonial obsessions such as tyranny, exile, resistance and representation, endemic xenophobia, underdevelopment, economic dependency, rampant corruption, dominance of patriarchal ideology, ordeals of the intellectual and sycophancy of the clergy have been captured vividly in the novels cited. These malpractices are coupled with other variations of oppression like the race-class metamorphosis, militarism, political atrophy and neo-colonialist patronage prevalent in the referent countries. The contemporary works reflect the spirit of the generation of *angIy young men' who are critical of the status quo and determined to put the record straight as aggressively as possible. The perpetuation of such an anomalous phenomenon is primarily attributed to intemal colonization, the ineptitude of African demagogues and mass/intellectual resignation rather than British colonialism per se. In spite of the gloom, however, the cosmic vision of these novelists is one of optimism that heralds the probability of a conditional change for the better, however, late. 'l The Third Part (Chapter Seven) dwells upon a comparative analysis of these novels with a view to detennining their thematic convergence and stylistic parallelism which
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