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in African pasts
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book charts the ways in which African literatures represent history through the twin matrices of memory and trauma. It argues that African literatures are continually preoccupied with exploring modes of representation to 'work-through' its different traumatic colonial pasts. Ranging widely across Africa's literary representations of the past and exploring the various uses to which such invocations of the past are put, the book focuses upon the growing interest in African literatures and cultures. African literature is not a homogeneous entity, and therefore, one needs to be constantly aware of the plurality of literatures, as well as the differing regional debates and historical contexts. The book provides a combination of critical argument about those central debates within African literary studies, alongside a focus on individual texts and writers that are central to the study of African literatures.

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African pasts

Memory and history in African literatures

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