Postsecular poetics : negotiating the sacred and secular in contemporary African fiction / Rebekah Cumpsty.

Author
Cumpsty, Rebekah [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023.
  • ©2023
Description
xix, 161 pages ; 24 cm.

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Series
Routledge research in postcolonial literatures. [More in this series]
Summary note
"This book is the first full-length study of the postsecular in African literatures. Religion, secularism, and the intricate negotiations between the two, codified as postsecularism, are fundamental conditions of globalized modernity. These concerns have been addressed in social science disciplines, but largely neglected in postcolonial and literary studies. To remedy this oversight, this monograph brings debates in religious and postsecular studies to bear on African literatures and postcolonial studies. The focus of this interdisciplinary study is to understand how postsecular negotiations manifest in postcolonial African settings and how they are represented and registered in fiction. Through this focus, the book demonstrates how African and African-diasporic authors radically disrupt the epistemological and ontological modalities of globalized literary production, often characterized as secular, and imagine alternatives which incorporate religious discourse into a postsecular world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: 1. Ritualisation and the limits of the body in Chris Abani's and Yvonne Vera's fiction
  • 2. The sacred in the city: Pedestrian mapping in the work of Phaswane Mpe, Teju Cole and Ivan Vladislavic
  • 3. Cultivation, alterity and excess: The sublime in J. M. Coetzee's Boyhood and Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat
  • 4. Postsecular poetics in world literature
  • 5. Coda.
ISBN
  • 9781032231655 (hardcover)
  • 1032231653 (hardcover)
LCCN
2022007419
OCLC
1301484412
RCP
N - S
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