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Title:African futures: the necessity of utopia
Author:Ashcroft, BillISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:94-114
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:literature
world view
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2013.834557
Abstract:This article examines the utopian vision of much African writing, as the dynamic of hope generated in anticolonial struggle continues to characterize contemporary poetry and novels. The premise is that utopia is necessary, not as mere wishful thinking but as willed action, because, according to Paul Ricoeur, utopia is the 'no place', the only place from which ideology can be countered. African utopianism reconsiders the possibility of an ahistorical past, rethinks the function of memory and of time itself. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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