From Empire to Independence: Colonial Space in the Writing of Tutuola, Ekwensi, Beti and Kane

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Abstract

This article examines the production of space in four early Anglophone and Francophone West African novels, reading Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard (Nigeria, 1952), Cyprian Ekwensi's People of the City (Nigeria, 1954), Mongo Beti's Mission terminée (Cameroon, 1957) and Cheikh Hamadou Kane's L'Aventure ambiguë (Senegal, 1961) alongside broader social, political and economic spatial discourses from the 1950s and 60s. By so doing, the article unpacks the articulated correspondences between literary space and its wider materiality in ways which are both explicit and implicit. Drawing on insights from human geography, this essay explores the extent to which the distinct spatial programs of the British and French empires manifest within Anglophone and Francophone West African writing in the years leading to independence, ultimately arguing that the latter displays a range of discrepant, horizontal formulations in contrast to the more monolithic, vertical spatiality of the latter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-357
Number of pages29
JournalComparative Literature Studies
Volume54
Issue number2
Early online date26 May 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 May 2017

Keywords

  • African literature
  • space
  • postcolonial literature

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