LITS2307 MODERN CRITICAL THEORY
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WEEK 12: MARXIST POST-COLONIAL
PHILOSOPHY / THEORY
- Frantz Fanon The Wretched of the Earth :
- "Concerning Violence" (pp. 27-85)
- "On National Culture" (pp. 166-190)
- Chidi Amuta The Theory of African Literature : "A Dialectical
Theory of African Literature: Categories and Springboards" (also in course
- In the tutorial this week, we will try to kill one bird with two stones by
answering the following question: What precisely makes a Feminist or a
Post-colonial thinker Marxist in orientation? Discuss with
reference to the views of Engels and / or Fanon.
Chidi Amuta "A Dialectical Theory
of African Literature: Categories and Springboards":
- How does Amuta define ‘African history’ (pp. 80-81)?
- What does Amuta mean when he describes the African writer as a ‘mediating
subject’ (pp. 81-82)?
- How does Amuta define what he calls the African ‘literary event’ (pp.
- How does Amuta define the ‘context’ of an African literary work (pp.
- How does Amuta conceptualise the relationship between the ‘content’
and the ‘form’ of an African literary work (pp. 86-89)?
- Amuta insists on the "rootedness of literary art . . . in the very
processes and social experiences which constitute African history" (80)
but contends that the "precise nature of the relationship between
history and . . . [African] literature is problematic" (80). Why, in
the light of the foregoing, does he contend this?
- What does Amuta mean when he writes that the "artist is a member of
society and incarnates its structural and ideological inflections; the
artist’s individuality and the society’s values are mediated in the work
of art" (79)?
- Why does Amuta also describe the literary work as a "constitutive
social practice" (80)?
- Why does Amuta argue that a "truly decolonised . . . theory of
African literature can only be derived from an anti-imperialist ideological
framework, not from a perennial feeling of nostalgia about forgotten pasts
and romantic re-creations of village life" (89)?
- What does Amuta mean when when he writes of an 'anti-imperialist
consciousness'? How is this concept a useful
one for understanding the project in which Anti-colonial writers are
engaged? Compare this concept with Lukács’s notion of ‘class
consciousness’ and Hartsock’s notion of a ‘feminist standpoint.’