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Title:Muddy points of entanglements: transglocal fictions in Africa and the diaspora
Author(s):Wane, Hapsatou
Director of Research:Kaplan, Brett A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kaplan, Brett A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Murdoch, H. Adlai; Basu, Manisha; Ledesma, Eduardo
Department / Program:Comparative & World Literature
Discipline:Comparative and World Literature
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:"Muddy Points of Entanglements: Transglocal Fictions in Africa and the Diaspora responds to the need to resist the tendency of Western theorizing to universalize European genres by setting them as standards against which the hybridity of post-colonial literary forms is measured. In order to de-center the location of their European arch-genre in the study of autobiographical fictions in Africa and the diaspora, I claim that a coinage of a new genre is necessary. This gesture not only ensures an effective decolonization of the concept of genre in the scholarship on post-colonial literatures but also involves a perspectival adjustment to the notion of hybridity. As this project requires exploring a wider dimension of hybridity beyond colonial binary paradigms, I reroute the location of generic hybridity within the framework of multiple “post-colonial world[s] of global contacts.” I argue that read in concert, post-colonial autobiographical fictions in Africa and its diaspora by women writers craft what I call “transglocal fiction” as a post-colonial genre that sheds light on the reshaping of the post-colonial onto a new spatial framework beyond binary formulations such as the colonizer/the colonized, the national/the transnational and the local/the global.
Issue Date:2017-05-19
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Hapsatou Wane
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-29
Date Deposited:2017-08

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