Conclusion: The Landscape of Geocritical Inquiry: Finding Common Ground for Geocriticism and Ecocriticism
The preceding chapters have built up an argument for reading African literature through a relational matrix of space, place, and scale that enables more flexible and conditional evaluations of author’s representations of geographic concerns like “Africa,” the nation, globalization, borders, and urbanization. Broadly speaking, such a project is an answer to the predominance of a postmodern mind-set in much spatial, postcolonial, and African literary studies, a standard line of criticism that tends to broach these geographic phenomena in categorical terms, presuming issues like local/global, national/transnational, and borders/transgression to be binaries, with fixed and oppositional characteristics. Once established as dichotomous and rigid categories, this criticism activates a familiar deconstruction of these supposedly artificial, arbitrary, and oppressive spatial constructs, eschewing them in favor of more open, indeterminate, and hybrid spatialities and subjectivities.
KeywordsNiger Delta Environmental Criticism Political Ecology Preceding Chapter African Literature
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