Conclusion: The Auto-Heteronomy of African Literature

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


Accounts on the question of whether intellectual autonomy from colonial culture is desirable or even possible have tended to a pessimism, which we need not accept if we consider, as Remapping African Literature has demonstrated, the material agency of writers in exerting genuinely decolonizing counter-pressures to the forces of an apparatus that seeks to confine them. Because the discourse of African literary criticism has focused on colonial and structural determinism, it misses what I term auto-heteronomy and especially how that is more so defined by a universal regime of production.

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  • Olabode Ibironke
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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