The ethics of African studies in the age of oga politics: A response to Tejumola Olaniyan’s “African literature in the post-global age”

MURPHY, Laura (2017). The ethics of African studies in the age of oga politics: A response to Tejumola Olaniyan’s “African literature in the post-global age”. Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, 4 (2), 286-295.

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    Abstract

    In response to Olaniyan’s article “African Literature in the Post-Global Age: Provocations on Field Commonsense,” this paper suggests that Olaniyan’s conception of the “planetary” provides a metaphor for imagining a politics of responsibility in the post-global and anti-globalization age. The urgency for planetary thinking is framed within the current ascendancy of big man or “oga” politics represented by the rise of neoliberal populism around the world and in Huntingtonian “clash of civilizations” logic espoused by both elite nati-vists such as Donald Trump and grassroots ethnonationalists such as Boko Haram. The paper suggests that African studies continues to play a crucial and increasingly urgent role in amplifying, translating, and supporting various African ways of being and knowing that have long served as critiques of the disenfranchisement of those in global south.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: African literature; Sub-Saharan African literature; 1900-2099; globalization; politics; postcolonial approach; Olaniyan, Tejumola; 'African Literature in the Post-Global Age'
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pli.2017.9
    Page Range: 286-295
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2021 15:18
    Last Modified: 19 May 2021 15:30
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27867

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