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Ben Okri and the freedom whose walls are closing in

Smith, A. (2005) Ben Okri and the freedom whose walls are closing in. Race and Class, 47 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0306-3968

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Abstract

Postcolonial models of culture tend to treat the relationship between reality and representation as arbitrary at best. This article argues, contrastingly, that the long-standing materialist assumption of a mappable relationship between cultural form, on the one hand, and the social conditions of cultural formation, on the other, remains absolutely relevant. Ben Okri's celebrated Famished Road trilogy is taken as a noteworthy example in this regard. While Okri's development of a disassociated or elevated narrative form can be seen to fit well with many of the critical propositions of postcolonial theory, it can itself be read as peculiarly expressive of its own social and historical context of production.

Item type: Article
ID code: 37971
Keywords: famished road, literary theory, novel, postcolonial, Geography (General), Sociology, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Sociology and Political Science, Social Sciences(all), Cultural Studies, Anthropology
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Geography (General)
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Geography and Sociology
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 13:07
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 01:27
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37971

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