The Literary Scramble for Africa: Selection and the Practice of Hierarchies

  • Olabode Ibironke
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


In this chapter, I hope to show that Soyinka’s choice of publishing internationally of his own free will can be read dialectically alongside his strong opposition to those same publishing houses through the Hegelian aufhebung—a preservation that is also a supersession. The moment of his opposition represents the moment of supersession. Soyinka like other writers making the exact same choice recognized that they could not altogether exit the colonial or global system from the outset; their participation no doubt preserves something of the system, but it is precisely as a consequence of such participation within that system that they are able to supersede it.

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  • Olabode Ibironke
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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