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British and African Literature in Transnational
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Simon Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036021

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036021.001.0001

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“The House I Live in…a Language which Barks and Scorns at Me behind Every Corner”

“The House I Live in…a Language which Barks and Scorns at Me behind Every Corner”

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British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Simon Lewis

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores Abdulrazak Gurnah's works. The European colonizer/African colonized discourse is explicitly complicated in Zanzibar, the birth place of Gurnah, by a set of circumstances which do not fit the Black Atlantic model. Two additional discourses in particular need to be factored into the discussion here: the history of the Cold War and how it played out in Africa between World War II and the collapse of communism in 1990, and the history of the Indian Ocean world and the various and complex circulations of people, things, and ideas within it—notably Islam. Furthermore, a reading of Gurnah's works supports the critique of mainstream Western discourse for writing and reading about Africa.

Keywords:   Abdulrazak Gurnah, African colonized discourse, European colonizer, Zanzibar, Black Atlantic model, Cold War, World War II, communism, Indian Ocean, Islam

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