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

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
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
At Penpoint
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Monica Popescu
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08-14 - Publisher: Duke University Press

In At Penpoint Monica Popescu traces the development of African literature during the second half of the twentieth century to address the intertwined effects of the Cold War and decolonization on literary history. Popescu draws on archival materials from the Soviet-sponsored Afro-Asian Writers Association and the CIA-funded Congress for Cultural
Underdevelopment and African Literature
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Sarah Brouillette
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

People looking for works in cities are immersed in English as the lingua franca of the mobile phone and the urban hustle – more effective instigations to reading than decades of work by traditional publishers and development agencies. The legal publishing industry campaigns to convince people to scorn pirates and
Art, Creativity, and Politics in Africa and the Diaspora
Language: en
Pages: 335
Authors: Abimbola Adelakun, Toyin Falola
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-26 - Publisher: Springer

This book explores the politics of artistic creativity, examining how black artists in Africa and the diaspora create art as a procedure of self-making. Essays cross continents to uncover the efflorescence of black culture in national and global contexts and in literature, film, performance, music, and visual art. Contributors place

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