Distrust of nationalism

“Nowhere is the multidimensionality, multifocality, multivocality of twentieth-century African literature more evident than in the postcolonial generation of writers born after 1960, whose creative flowering came in the 1980s and 1990s, the era of pervasive crisis for the postcolony and the triumph of postcolonial theory, both of which marked and mediated their work. This generation incorporated in their literary imaginations disdain for colonialism and distrust of nationalism that had animated earlier generations of writers who bemoaned the cultural agonies of colonialism and the aborted dreams of the uhuru. The new generation had decidedly more cosmopolitan visions of the African condition, cultural production, and the subjectivities of gender, class, and sexuality.”

– Paul Zeleza, Colonial Fictions: Memory and History in Yvonne Vera’s Imagination


EXTRA: Fun graph from Google’s Ngram Viewer