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oa Alternation - Towards the biologics of cultural production: the literary politics of Thomas Mofolo

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

As the twentieth century draws to a close, literary theory appears to be in the grip of a profound crisis of identity. Arguably one of the outstanding achievements of human thought in the century, contemporary literary theory owes its existence to breakthroughs or what has been rather portentiously descriptionbed as epistemological ruptures in disciplines as seemingly diverse as Structural Linguistics, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Historiography, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology and Political Science. The coupling of advances in these various fields led to startling insights into literature and the arts, particularly the crucial interrelationship between cultural production and its enabling environment. But historical developments, particularly the end of the cold war and the collapse of actually existing socialist states, the contradictions of emergent post-colonial states, the ascendancy of monetarist ideology in economic affairs, and the creation of a multi-national class of migrant intelligentsia as a result of deepening global inequality, have rendered the operating procedures of contemporary literary theory extremely problematic.

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