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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

...chapters: Anjali Prabhu, Richard Feldstein, Barbara Bodenhorn, Sinead Garrigan-Mattar, Mark Wormald, Tejumola Olaniyan, Priya Gopal, and Achille Mbembe. I also thank Mary Jacobus for critical feedback on a talk I gave to her Psychoanalysis and...

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Introduction: Mimesis, Dialectics, and the Bounding of Analytic Fields

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pp. xi-xl

...and the political—in order to explore the mutually illuminating heterogeneity of these domains when taken together. It does this not to assert the often repeated postmodernist view that there...

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1 Literature, Anthropology, and History in Ghosh's In an Antique Land

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pp. 1-29

...a collection of short stories by Clarice Lispector: “It is not unusual for writers to be children of foreigners. There’s something about the two languages engaging one another in the child’s ears that makes her want to write things down. She will want...

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2 Social Imaginaries in Transition: Culture Heroism and the Genres of Everyday Life

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pp. 30-55

...is part of a growing body of work that recognizes that modernity is by no means the same across the world. What is of interest in his remarks for our discussion here is his view of the interrelated domains of modernity, what he terms the “unprecedented amalgam” of new practices and...

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3 African Postcolonial Relations through a Prism of Tragedy

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pp. 56-75

...As we saw from the previous chapter, there are various ways in which ordinary people attempt to convert the state for social use via an idiom of privatization. This involves an elaborate discursive ensemble that includes urban myths and legends about...

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4 Symbolization Compulsions: Freud, African Literature, and South Africa's Process of Truth and Reconciliation

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pp. 76-98

...I want to pose in this chapter a set of questions to do with nation and narration. As is frequently remarked in African literary studies, there is often a cross-mapping of literature onto national politics. Early anthologies of African literature made this point an implicit...

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5 Disability and Contingency

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pp. 99-124

...This chapter focuses on disability studies and the representation of disabled people in literature. In turning to such literary representations, I continue the methodological predisposition of reading literature for social analysis, further illustrating the kinds...

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6 Literature and the Parables of Time

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pp. 125-152

...Saint Augustine’s oft-quoted conundrum about time is recognizable in the quotidian round of everyday life. The clock is not always the best way to tell time’s passage, even though the most universal and convenient.1 The passage of time is measured not just by the hands...

Notes

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pp. 153-164

Bibliography

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pp. 165-174

Index

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pp. 175-179

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About the Author

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pp. 180-180

is a fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, where he is university lecturer in English and director of the African Studies Centre. He was educated in Ghana and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Cambridge. He is