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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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

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

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(p.150) Chapter 12 1960, Lagos and Nairobi: ‘Things Fall Apart’ and ‘the Empire Writes Back’
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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English
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Patrick William

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0013

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

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