The Resource Recasting the past : history writing and political work in modern Africa, edited by Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola, (electronic resource)

Recasting the past : history writing and political work in modern Africa, edited by Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola, (electronic resource)

Label
Recasting the past : history writing and political work in modern Africa
Title
Recasting the past
Title remainder
history writing and political work in modern Africa
Statement of responsibility
edited by Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The study of intellectual history in Africa is in its infancy. We know very little about what Africa's thinkers made of their times. Recasting the Past brings one field of intellectual endeavor into view. The book takes its place alongside a small but growing literature that highlights how, in autobiographies, historical writing, fiction, and other literary genres, African writers intervened creatively in their political world. The past has already been worked over by the African interpreters that the present volume brings into view. African brokers - pastors, journalists, kingmakers, religious dissidents, politicians, entrepreneurs all - have been doing research, conducting interviews, reading archives, and presenting their results to critical audiences. Their scholarly work makes it impossible to think of African history as an inert entity awaiting the attention of professional historians. Professionals take their place in a broader field of interpretation, where Africans are already reifying, editing, and representing the past. The essays collected in Recasting the Past study the warp and weft of Africa's homespun historical work. Contributors trace the strands of discourse from which historical entrepreneurs drew, highlighting the sources of inspiration and reference that enlivened their work. By illuminating the conventions of the past, Africa's history writers set their contemporary constituents on a path toward a particular future. History writing was a means by which entrepreneurs conjured up constituencies, claimed legitimate authority, and mobilized people around a cause. By illuminating the spheres of debate in which Africa's own scholars participated, Recasting the Past repositions the practice of modern history."--Book cover
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
960.072
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DT19
LC item number
.R377 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
New African histories series
Label
Recasting the past : history writing and political work in modern Africa, edited by Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Creative lives, creative writing -- pt. 2. Historical entanglements -- pt. 3. Dissident history -- pt. 4. Democracy and historical argument
Control code
ocn742512908
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 276 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780821443361
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1rbwhp0
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b35971587
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742512908
  • jstor0821443364

Library Locations

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