By Caroline Rooney
This booklet marks an incredible contribution to colonial and postcolonial experiences in its rationalization of the African discourse of cognizance and its far-reaching analyses of a literature of animism. it will likely be of significant curiosity to students in lots of fields together with literary and significant idea, philosophy, anthropology, politics and psychoanalysis.
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Not only African texts are considered in order to indicate that what is at stake is a cross-cultural phenomenon. Even so, the range of texts brought into the discussion is, unfortunately, very strictly limited and it would have been possible to bring in a great many other texts: spot all the omissions. In this, the entire book is just something of an introduction. It is not a survey. The proposition of a ‘creative Africa’ is controversial. It is even a bit of a stereotype strategically pitted against the counter-stereotype of an Africa that is accorded no originality, but where certain stereotypes are not necessarily without truth: a rational West, a creative Africa, if this does not preclude the creativity of 24 Introduction the former nor the rationality of the latter.
206). So, both the erecting of divine paternal origin and the refusal of it are cases of opposing fetishism, the worship of false gods: either he is a true god against all the false gods, or he is a false god like the other false gods. But might there not yet be a refusal of divine paternal origin – in just its singularity – that might be in favour of increasing, not reducing, fetishism: the many true gods? The actual father of Laurence Bataille was Georges (the politically engaged thinker, novelist, poet, mystic, famed for his philosophy of extreme expenditure).
I think so. Nonetheless, the thought and ethos of the second enlightenment has not been surpassed socially or historically for it is massively entrenched, not least in the logic and workings of global capitalism. And it may be that that enlightenment is not to be surpassed, only that its strictly limited universality is to be accommodated within a true or 26 Introduction truer universality. While the book is to zone in on a ‘Writing Africa’, there are far-reaching political and philosophical implications involved in this.
African Literature, Animism and Politics (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures, 4) by Caroline Rooney