Negating Hegemony

Linguistic and rhetorical formations as discursive praxis of resistance in Yulisa Amadu Maddy’s Obasai and Other Plays

Authored by: Ernest Cole

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367368340
eBook ISBN: 9780429354229
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429354229-11

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Abstract

Abdul JanMohamed and David Lloyd’s The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse provides the theoretical foundations for this chapter. In this book, they assert that intellectuals involved in ethnic and feminist studies have enabled fresh examinations of a variety of minority voices. Through this process, they suggest that minority discourse studies strive to establish relations between nonhegemonic cultures and communities in academic as well as other spheres and that it is tasked with describing and defining the common denominators that link various minority cultures. The two editors further note that “cultures designated as minorities have certain shared experiences by virtue of their similar antagonistic relationship to the dominant culture, which seeks to marginalize them all” (1). From this recognition of hegemony and marginalization, they stress that writers, critics, and scholars of minority studies should strive to “collectively examine the nature and context of their common marginalization and to develop strategies for their reempowerment” (2).

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