oa Alternation - Introduction

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Against the background of a brief reappraisal of the politics - literary production interface in the twentieth century, Adebayo Williams argues for a recuperation of the personal dimension to cultural production. Seeing it as both an epistemological and historical necessity in Third World literatures, he shows that 'the particular artist becomes the bearer of the national burden, a vehicle for inarticulate societal aspirations or disaffections' if not the bearer of a new ideology. He then seeks to reposition Thomas Mofolo within the cultural politics of a pan-colonial society, attempts to re-examine his literary strategy in terms of societal constraints and reappraises the legacy of this 'misunderstood patriot and indisputable moral genius'

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