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Postcolonial Theory and Black Literatures

  • Adetayo Alabi

Abstract

Various Black societies have experienced different forms of colonialism and are in one postcolonial stage or another; hence this chapter discusses the relevance of postcolonial theory to a transnational study of Black literatures, literatures united by the continuities of race and Blackness discussed in chapter 2. The discussion of postcolonial theory foregrounds not just the similarities but the differences in the colonial and postcolonial experiences of various Black societies. The chapter argues that for postcolonial theory to be relevant to Black literatures, it has to pay particular attention to how Black literatures are different regionally, across continental lines, and from the literatures of other former colonies.

Keywords

Black Community African Language Postcolonial Theory African Literature Essentialist View 
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© Adetayo Alabi 2005

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