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A prescience of African cultural studies : the future of literature in Africa is not what it was

Author: Handel Kashope Wright
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, 2004.
Series: Counterpoints (New York, N.Y.), v. 40.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In A Prescience of African Cultural Studies, Handel Kashope Wright makes an argument for undertaking a necessary paradigm shift: from literature studies in Africa to African Cultural Studies. There are several major themes in this text; in particular, it rejects mainstream notions of literature as (self)deceptively "apolitical" and decidedly non-utilitarian. As an alternative, Wright proposes African Cultural
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wright, Handel Kashope, 1959-
Prescience of African cultural studies.
New York : Peter Lang, 2004
(OCoLC)607039884
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Handel Kashope Wright
ISBN: 0820434957 9780820434957
OCLC Number: 39235682
Description: xvi, 233 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Hoping for cultural studies / Lawrence Grossberg --
Is adding talking drums to the orchestra enough? (African) literary traditions or African cultural studies? --
1. Notes on (re)making literature: exploring the possibility of a utilitarian African literature studies --
2. Always already African cultural studies? (Re)examining historical and contemporary issues in cultural studies --
3. The play's the thing wherein we'll find cultural studies at work: African drama as cultural studies? --
4. What's lit gotta do with it? The (potential) contribution of literature as cultural studies to African development --
5. Concluding scattered speculations on African cultural studies.
Series Title: Counterpoints (New York, N.Y.), v. 40.
Responsibility: Handel Kashope Wright.

Abstract:

"In A Prescience of African Cultural Studies, Handel Kashope Wright makes an argument for undertaking a necessary paradigm shift: from literature studies in Africa to African Cultural Studies. There are several major themes in this text; in particular, it rejects mainstream notions of literature as (self)deceptively "apolitical" and decidedly non-utilitarian. As an alternative, Wright proposes African Cultural Studies as an African-centered discourse and praxis that incorporates written, oral, and performance forms, and overtly addresses political and sociocultural issues. He articulates African Cultural Studies in relation to existing cultural studies, its taken for granted British origin and genealogy, and its global trajectories.

Finally, Wright elaborates on African Cultural Studies by reconceptualizing drama (emphasizing performance over written text), incorporating film and electronic media and exploring the potential contribution African cultural studies could make to both the discourse and process of development in Africa."--Jacket.

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