n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - "Looting killed" the audience : African language writing, performance, publishing and the audience : research article

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



This article examines the role played by African-language writing,performance and publishing, including critical practice, in the demise of theindigenous audience in African-language literary practice. Using implicitmaterialism the argument is premised on the developments wrought by theera of Modernism that has lead to a writing of world history, and the era of Postmodernism that has ushered in the era of a writing of world history. The transition from oral literature to writtenliterature will also be used to advance the argument about the subsequentexclusion of the indigenous African- language audience from literarypractice. This exclusion is considered to have a direct bearing on theunder-development of African societies. Finally, possible solutions will besought by revisiting some of the causes that characterize the Africanlanguage problem as a medium of communication and research.

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