Friday 1 October 2010

'What is African [Asian] Literature?'

Ngugi wa Thiong'O, Decolonizing the Mind, p.6:

Was it literature about Africa [Asia] or about the African [Asian] experience? Was it literature written by Africans [Asians]? What about a non-African [non-Asian] who wrote about Africa [Asia]: did his work qualify as African [Asian] literature? What if an African [Asian] set his [her] work in Greenland: did that qualify as African [Asian] literature? Or were African [Asian] languages the criteria? Ok: what about Arabic, was it not foreign to Africa [Asia]? What about French and English, which had become African [Asian] languages? What if a European wrote about Europe in an African [Asian] language? If ... if .... if ...

Does this remind you of this?

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