Literary journals are giving Africans a space to “write back” at the global culture

The heading if this article on literary journals on the African continent is an intriguing one. Why do I think so? You could read here that there are two worlds: one is the global culture and the other is the African culture. Global literature seems to have written about the African culture and now the time has come that the African culture writes back. As far as I know there is not one single global culture. Life is too complicated for a single global culture. The same applies to African culture, there is not one African culture. Africa is too diverse for that. Another point is that this diversity belongs to one globe. There are not two globes, one African and the other one non-African. Another remark I would like to make is: who writes back? Is the African literary journal writing back, are these journals just re-acting? I would say that these journals are acting. They are a force in their own rights, not just a re-action to that so called global culture. Just as other literary journals from other places. The heading of this article puts us to much on the defensive. A selection of books are on display in a bookstore in Cape Town, South Africa Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The sign in the center refers to U. S. President Donald Trump's recent controversial comments about African countries. Trump sought to mend relations with Africa's Rwandan President Paul Kagame Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, along the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, (AP Photo/Christopher Torchia)


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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