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Author Spencer, Robert, 1977- author.

Title Dictators, dictatorship and the African novel : fictions of the state under neoliberalism / Robert Spencer
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2021]


Description 1 online resource (IX, 276 pages)
Series New Comparisons in World Literature, 2634-6095
New comparisons in world literature, 2634-6095
Contents Chapter 1: Introduction: The unfinished project of decolonisation -- Chapter 2: Neoliberalism and the 'recolonization' of Africa -- Chapter 3: Performance and power I: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's Wizard of the Crow -- Chapter 4: Performance and power II: Ahmadou Kourouma's Waiting for the Wild -- Chapter 5: Allegories of dictatorship in Nigerian fiction: Chinua Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus -- Chapter 6: Conclusion: The counter-counter revolution
Summary This book examines the representation of dictators and dictatorships in African fiction. It examines how the texts clarify the origins of postcolonial dictatorships and explore the shape of the democratic-egalitarian alternatives. The first chapter explains the 'neoliberal' period after the 1970s as an effective 'recolonization' of Africa by Western states and international financial institutions. Dictatorship is theorised as a form of concentrated economic and political power that facilitates Africa's continued dependency in the context of world capitalism. The deepest aspiration of anti-colonial revolution remains the democratization of these authoritarian states inherited from the colonial period. This book discusses four novels by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Ahmadou Kourouma, Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in order to reveal how their themes and forms dramatize this unfinished struggle between dictatorship and radical democracy. Robert Spencer is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature (2011) and the co-author of For Humanism: Explorations in Theory and Politics, with David Alderson (2017), and co-author of Postcolonial Locations: New Directions in Postcolonial Studies, with Anastasia Valassopoulos (2020)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 01, 2021)
Subject Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- -- Criticism and interpretation
Kourouma, Ahmadou -- Criticism and interpretation
Achebe, Chinua -- Criticism and interpretation
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977- -- Criticism and interpretation
Achebe, Chinua
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-
Kourouma, Ahmadou
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938-
African fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
African fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Dictatorship in literature.
Dictators in literature.
African fiction
Dictators in literature
Dictatorship in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3030665569