This book reflects the main topics discussed at the conference on ‘Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds’ held in Birmingham, England in 2004. It highlights many aspects of the paradoxical interaction between classical texts and post-colonial situations. The first part of the book examines a series of examples from different parts of Africa, including some created in Africa itself, and some in the African diaspora. The second part uses case studies and comparative analysis to review the conventional categories of time, genre, and place as elements in critical judgement. The third part of the book includes essays that situate both the empirical and theoretical aspects of concepts of the classical and the post-colonial in wider and different contexts, and to point towards some areas of future research. Taken as a whole, the essays in this book show how the engagement between classical and post-colonial texts and contexts is a crucial part of the dynamic of modern creative practice.
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