Reasons for reading in postcolonial Zambia

Primorac, Ranka (2012) Reasons for reading in postcolonial Zambia. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48, (5), 497-511. (doi:10.1080/17449855.2012.720833).


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Built around a discussion of two interconnected case studies, the article seeks to help pave the way for a systematic study of a national literary tradition whose presence in the world literary space may be described as spectral. Through a discussion of a critically neglected Zambian literary archive from the 1960s and 1970s, and a survey of reading habits conducted in a Lusaka bookshop in 2010, it argues that Zambia’s postcolonial literature in English embodies what may be called a literariness of crisis, in which books are a desirable and valued but scarce social good; and that such sociopolitical conditions have been productive of a specific kind of local genre competence which may, in turn, be tied to a certain configuration of flexible and economical local ways of reading.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/17449855.2012.720833
ISSNs: 1744-9855 (print)
1744-9863 (electronic)
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PE English
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : Faculty of Humanities
ePrint ID: 344780
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Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 15:52
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:36

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