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Contexts: New African Diaspora, Nigerian Literature, and the Global Literary Market

  • Maximilian Feldner
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Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Abstract

This chapter aims to contextualize Nigerian diaspora literature. It is first concerned with the historical and sociological formation of the new African diaspora, which has developed in the largely voluntary migration movements to the United States and Europe that have been under way since the 1980s. Secondly, it considers Nigerian diaspora literature in the context of Nigerian literary traditions. Like the literature of their predecessors, the work of the diaspora writers is distinctly political, which is particularly expressed in their impetus for cultural nation building, that is, their contribution to the Nigerian imaginary. Thirdly, the chapter discusses the global literary market and the category of ‘African literature’. In order to get published, writers from Africa need to fulfil several requirements, including marginality, cultural difference, mobility/migration, and political engagement and resistance.

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  • Maximilian Feldner
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