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Title:Newspapers, new spaces, new writers: the First World War and print culture in colonial Ghana
Author:Newell, StephanieISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:1-15
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Cameroon
Subjects:journalism
office workers
race relations
colonial period
World War I
About person:John G. Mullen
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v040/40.2.newell.pdf
Abstract:The article focuses on a memoir, 'My Experience in Cameroons during the War', by J.G. Mullen, published in the 'Gold Coast Leader' between 1916 and 1918. This memoir is unique for its status as a first-person narrative by an ordinary African clerk. Mullen's narrative provides many insights into the educated, non-elite man's imperial identity in the early twentieth century. Through it, it is possible to discover precisely how a Ghanaian 'native clerk' articulated his imperial subjectivity, his race-consciousness, his perception of social class in the colonies, his 'patriotism', and his need for existential (if not political) freedoms during the war. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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