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Writing spatiality in West Africa : colonial legacies in the anglophone/francophone novel / Madhu Krishnan.

By: Krishnan, Madhu.
Contributor(s): Newell, Stephanie [series editor] | Primorac, Ranka [series editor].
Series: African articulations. Language: eng.Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk : James Currey, 2018Description: x, 215 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781847011909.Subject(s): African literature (French) -- History and criticism | African literature (English) -- History and criticism | Literary Criticism -- European -- French | African literature (English) | African literature (French) | Postcolonialism in literature | British colonies | West African literature | West AfricaDDC classification: 840.996 Summary: "From the 'imaginative geographies' of conquest identified by Edward Said to the very real and material institution of territorial borders, regions and geographical amalgamations, the control, administration and integration of space are known to have played a central and essential role in the creation of contemporary 'Africa'. Space continues to be a site of conflict, from separatist struggles to the distribution of resources to the continued absorption of African territories into the uneven geographies of global capitalism. In this book, Madhu Krishnan examines the ways in which the anxieties and conflicts engendered by these phenomena are registered in a broad set of literary texts from British and French West Africa. By placing these novels in dialogue with a range of archival material such as territorial planning documents, legislative papers, records of liberation movements and development projects, this book reveals the submerged articulations between spatial planning and literary expression, generating new readings of canonical West African texts as well as analyses of otherwise under-researched material"
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

"From the 'imaginative geographies' of conquest identified by Edward Said to the very real and material institution of territorial borders, regions and geographical amalgamations, the control, administration and integration of space are known to have played a central and essential role in the creation of contemporary 'Africa'. Space continues to be a site of conflict, from separatist struggles to the distribution of resources to the continued absorption of African territories into the uneven geographies of global capitalism. In this book, Madhu Krishnan examines the ways in which the anxieties and conflicts engendered by these phenomena are registered in a broad set of literary texts from British and French West Africa. By placing these novels in dialogue with a range of archival material such as territorial planning documents, legislative papers, records of liberation movements and development projects, this book reveals the submerged articulations between spatial planning and literary expression, generating new readings of canonical West African texts as well as analyses of otherwise under-researched material"

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