Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa
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361 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa

Nation and African Modernity

by Kwaku Korang

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This book makes Africa the centerpiece of an intercultural investigation of modern colonial power and its resistance, focusing on the writings of Ghanaian intellectuals.
Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa changes dominant ideas about Africa's relations with modernity and the global history of nationalism by recovering, and bringing fresh interpretations to, a modern genealogy of African nationalist theory. Author Kwaku Larbi Korang examines the writing of intellectuals from preindependence Ghana from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, writers who operated self-consciously in a Pan-African ideological framework. By confronting the concept of "the African Nation" under the colonial order, Korang contends that these writer-intellectuals were also confronting modernity in ways that would be important to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Through its affiliation with recent revisionary works that have demonstrated the conceptual and existential validity of "alternative modernities," the volume shifts our understanding of the modern from a securely and exclusively Western mode of being to the modern as relational and inclusively intercultural. It mobilizes this relational and intercultural conception to locate and outline "African modernity."
Additionally,Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa demonstrates why and how projections of, and debates about, "African modernity" have been more than a continental affair. Korang comprehensively relates the thought of African Americans (Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, W. E. B. Du Bois, Richard Wright), and West Indians (George Padmore, C.L.R. James), to that of seminal anglophone West African thinkers like E. W. Blyden, Africanus Horton, J. E. Casely Hayford, and Kwame Nkrumah.

Kwaku Larbi Korang is associate professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Ohio State University.
"Writing Ghana is an elegantly written and meticulously researched history of intellectual self-assertion in colonial West Africa . . . This book is an impressive and major addition to existing research on elite culture in nineteenth-century West Africa. It has relevance for scholars of colonial and also postcolonial African literatures, for Korang produces a fresh view of modernity and nationalism. Spring 2006" RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES,

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Title Details

361 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press