Calibrations: Reading for the Social (Public Worlds) by Ato Quayson

By Ato Quayson

Ato Quayson explores a convention of studying that oscillates quickly among domains-the literary-aesthetic, the social, the cultural, and the political-in order to discover the at the same time illuminating nature of those domain names. He does this to not assert the usually repeated postmodernist view that there's not anything open air the textual content, yet to stipulate a style of examining he calls calibrations: a sort of shut examining of literature with what lies past it as a manner of knowing buildings of transformation, method, and contradiction that tell either literature and society.

Quayson surveys a wide range of texts-ranging from Bob Marley lyrics, Toni Morrison's paintings, Walter Benjamin's Theses at the Philosophy of background, and Althusser's reflections on political economy-and treats a wide variety of issues: the comparative constructions of alienation in literature and anthropology, cultural heroism as a trope in African society and politics, literary tragedy as a template for studying the lifestyles and activism of Ken Saro-Wiwa, trauma and the prestige of citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa, representations of actual incapacity, and the conflict among enchanted and dissatisfied time in postcolonial texts.

Ato Quayson is director of the African experiences Centre, lecturer in English, and fellow of Pembroke university on the college of Cambridge.

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