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By Neil ten Kortenaar

Studying photos of literacy in African and West Indian novels, Neil ten Kortenaar appears to be like at how postcolonial authors have thought of the act of writing itself. Writing arrived in lots of components of Africa as a part of colonization within the 20th century, and with it a complete global of book-learning and paper-pushing; of college and paperwork; newspapers, textbooks and letters; candles, storm lamps and electrical energy; pens, paper, typewriters and published style; and orthography built for previously oral languages. Writing in basic terms penetrated many layers of West Indian society within the related period. the variety of writers is large, and comprises Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and V. S. Naipaul. The chapters depend on shut examining of canonical novels, yet talk about normal topics and tendencies in African and Caribbean literature. Ten Kortenaar's delicate and penetrating therapy of those subject matters makes this an immense contribution to the growing to be box of postcolonial literary reports.

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