Dienstag, 10. November 2015, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal


African Literature Beyond Contexts: Locality and the Global

Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature, Stanford University)

Seminarraum 3, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien


The paper argues against an essentially sociological approach to modern African literature and the reductive interpretation in oppositional binaries. It proposes a different reading strategy that positions African texts beyond the spatial limits of their local contexts, restores the often neglected aesthetic dimension, and opens up to a larger cultural sphere in which inter-connectedness and Relation (Edouard Glissant) are instituted.

This transcultural way of reading brings together the local and the global, thus inscribing African literature in the global context of universal human experience, and engaging African texts in an intercultural dialogue that makes and keeps the works relevant and meaningful through time and space.

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Ulrike Auer
Institut für Afrikawissenschaften