African Pasts: Memory and History in African Literatures

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Manchester University Press, Jul 15, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
African Pasts examines African literatures in English since the end of colonialism, investigating how they represent African history through the twin matrices of memory and trauma. Inextricably tied up with the historical conditions of Africa's colonisation, charting the emergence of its independence, and scrutinising Africa's contemporary neo-colonial and postcolonial states as a legacy of the colonial past, African literatures are continually preoccupied with exploring modes of representation to 'work through' their different traumatic colonial pasts.

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Figuring African history memory and trauma
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precolonial
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Critical and traumatic realist pasts
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Tim Woods is Professor of English Literature and American Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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