1960, Lagos and Nairobi: ‘Things Fall Apart’ and ‘the Empire Writes Back’

Patrick William

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748620111
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651863 | DOI:
1960, Lagos and Nairobi: ‘Things Fall Apart’ and ‘the Empire Writes Back’

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This chapter focuses on black writers in Britain, first examining the different currents of radicalism, specifically hybridising and oppositional, and textual and political. It then studies the 1960s, which are characterised by a wave of radicalism and the struggle to topple two regimes of representation. The last section shows that the 1960s represented an especially important and visible conjuncture, and introduces the concept of ‘writing back’.

Keywords: black writers; currents of radicalism; regimes of representation; writing back

Chapter.  6098 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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