African Literature and the CIA

During the period of decolonisation in Africa, the CIA covertly subsidised a number of African authors, editors and publishers as part of its anti-communist propaganda strategy.

African Literature and the CIA

African Literature and the CIA

During the period of decolonisation in Africa, the CIA subsidised a number of African authors, editors and publishers as part of its anti-communist covert propaganda strategy. Managed by two front organisations, the Congress of Cultural Freedom and the Farfield Foundation, its Africa programme stretched across the continent, with hubs in Ibadan, Kampala, Nairobi, Cape Town and Johannesburg. This Element unravels the hidden networks and associations underpinning African literary publishing in the 1960s; it investigates the success of the CIA in disrupting and infiltrating African literary magazines and publishing firms, and determines the extent to which new circuits of cultural and literary power emerged. Based on new archival evidence relating to the Transcription Centre, The Classic and The New African, it includes case studies of Wole Soyinka, Nat Nakasa and Bessie Head, which assess how their literary careers were influenced by these transnational literary institutions, and their response to these interventions.

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African Literature and the CIA
Language: en
Pages: 75
Authors: Caroline Davis
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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At Penpoint
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Monica Popescu
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher: Theory in Forms

"AT PENPOINT aims to rewrite the story of postcolonial African literary and cultural production as one profoundly influenced by the Cold War. Monica Popescu shows how postcolonial studies of African literature have too often neglected the key institutional and aesthetic influence asserted by Soviet agents, and the resulting overlapping imperalisms
African Literature and the CIA
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Caroline Davis
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During the period of decolonisation in Africa, the CIA subsidised a number of African authors, editors and publishers as part of its anti-communist covert propaganda strategy. Managed by two front organisations, the Congress of Cultural Freedom and the Farfield Foundation, its Africa programme stretched across the continent, with hubs in
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Language: en
Pages: 122
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Categories: Drama
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Language: en
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Authors: Sarah Brouillette
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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