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Author Newell, Stephanie, 1968-

Title The power to name : a history of anonymity in colonial West Africa / Stephanie Newell
Published Athens : Ohio University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource
Series New African histories
New African histories series.
Contents Introduction : anonymity, pseudonymity, and the question of agency in colonial West African newspapers -- "Fourth and only estate" : defining a public sphere in colonial West Africa -- Articulating empire : newspaper networks in colonial West Africa -- View from afar : the Colonial Office, imperial government, and pseudonymous African journalism -- Trickster tactics and the question of authorship in newspaper folktales -- Printing women : the gendering of literacy -- Nominal ladies and "real" women writers : female pseudonyms and the problem of authorial identity in the cases of "Rosa" and "Marjorie Mensah" -- Conclusion : "new visibilities" : African print subjects and the birth of the (postcolonial) author -- Appendix : I.T.A. Wallace-Johnson in court
Summary Between the 1880s and the 1940s, the region known as British West Africa became a dynamic zone of literary creativity and textual experimentation. African-owned newspapers offered local writers numerous opportunities to contribute material for publication, and editors repeatedly defined the press as a vehicle to host public debates rather than simply as an organ to disseminate news or editorial ideology. Literate locals responded with great zeal, and in increasing numbers as the twentieth century progressed, they sent in letters, articles, fiction, and poetry for publication in English- and A
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject African newspapers -- History -- 19th century.
African newspapers -- History -- 20th century.
Anonymous writings -- History -- 19th century.
Anonymous writings -- History -- 20th century.
Books and reading -- Africa, West -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading -- Africa, West -- History -- 20th century.
Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Africa, Western -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Africa, Western -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821420321 (electronic bk.)
0821444492 (electronic bk.)
9780821420324 (electronic bk.)
9780821444498 (electronic bk.)