Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa is affiliated with recent revisionary works that have demonstrated the conceptual and existential validity of "alternative modernities." This book proposes in this regard to shift 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. This book locates African modernity at the core of the activist intellection of the internationalist and black Atlantic nationalism of Pan-Africanism. Hence it 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.
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
Hardback, 9781580461467, January 2004
Paperback, 9781580463164, January 2009
University of Rochester Press
BIC HBTQ, 1H, 2AB, 3J
BISAC HIS001000, POL045000, SOC002010
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Table of Contents
Impossible Necessities: Reading an African Formation in Contradiction
Imperial Exchanges, Postimperial Reconfigurations: Africa in the Modern, the Modern in Africa
Worlding Nativity: Early Gold Coast Culturalist Imperatives and Nationalist Initiatives
On the Road to Ghana: Negotiations, Paradoxes, Pratfalls
Faust in Africa: Genealogy of a "Messenger Class"
Black Orpheus; or the (Modernist) Return of the Native
Prometheus Unbound: Nkrumah's Ghana: The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah
Ethical Transnationalism, Postcolonialism, the Black Atlantic: Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa vis-a-vis the Contemporary Revisionisms