Theme As King - The Misreading of African Literature

Written by Kwani · July 24, 2009

(The essay below is the first post on Kwani? Online - Republic Of Letters)

It is essential to suspend for a while, the time-worn reading of African literature and concentrate on the manner in which these books were written – suspend as if colonialism never happened, as if we are not our colour, nor that Church and Shakespeare ever invaded our sacred spaces. David Kaiza revisits Wole Soyinka’s ‘The Interpreters’ and its place in the canon of African letters, arguing that it challenges the tyranny of theme and post-colonial history as the dual lens through which evaluations of literature in the continent are made. Theme as King – the Misreading of African Literature is the first of a series of essays discussing different aspects of literature and letters in the continent.Read it here.

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4 Responses to “Theme As King - The Misreading of African Literature”

  1. M.K.Kwambai on August 5th, 2009 10:34 am

    You are doing us one of the greatest favours i have ever experienced. I have always wanted contextual study of literature, by so doing we shall explore it into greater depths we have done because of the biases. Every endeavour in your undergoings.

  2. M.K.Kwambai on August 5th, 2009 10:36 am

    You are doing us one of the greatest favours i have ever experienced. I have always wanted contextual study of literature, by so doing we shall explore it into greater depths we have never done because of the biases. Every endeavour in your undergoings.

  3. OballaDan on August 6th, 2009 7:57 pm

    Am confused a little.This short story looks more like an essay to me. Is there any definite format that you want it to be written in? Any language? Asante

  4. Kwani on August 10th, 2009 6:05 pm

    OballaDan this is an essay and not short story. If you are referring to the short story competition , well, just write a story capturing the theme ‘The Kenya I Live In ‘ . The link between this essay and the short story competition is in the way of thinking: fresh, breaking from the traditional.The short story competition is about telling narratives never told before.

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