n African Renaissance - Negociating Afropolitanism. Essays on Borders and Spaces in Contemporary African Literature and Folklore, J. Wawrzinek & K.S. Makokha (Eds.) : book review

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The authors offer to replace the dominant Afropessimism with a new presentation of African identities and of the interaction between Africa and the West, moving away from the usual picture of a continent in crisis. Mbembe defined this Afropolitanism, linked to migration, as a new way of being an African in the world, connected to African languages, communities, nations and traditions, but transcending them in a celebration of hybridity, considered positively as a multiple and shared identity, an enrichment brought about by modernity. The book covers a huge variety of topics and approaches, giving a voice to 21 African scholars who testify to a hybrid continent sharing languages and cultures, and a new generation of migrants responding imaginatively to the transnational challenges facing them, and building bridges between countries, regions and languages, thereby generating new identities and new modes of expression.

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