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Title:Editorial: notes on the (im)possibility of articulating continental African identity
Author:Wright, Handel KashopeISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:African identity
Abstract:This introductory article to a special issue of 'Critical Arts' on continental Africans and the question of identity examines the articulation (in both senses of the term) of African identity, or the (im)possibility of articulating African identity. It discusses the difficulty of both speaking of African identity and of putting African identity together from various elements. It identifies four strategies that Africans have used to articulate African identity, describing them as 'somewhat frustrated' in the face of outer-continental articulations which have rendered African identity overdetermined and homogenized. It then puts forward a number of strategies which have the prospect of moving beyond notions of African identity which are fixed and clearly defined to new, less assured, multiple and even contradictory notions. Taking up identity as performance and as a category always in formation, it discusses a snippet from a play by Wole Soyinka, ' Death and the King's Horseman' (1975). Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]