The Theory and Aesthetics of Minority Discourses in African Literature

Authored by: Tanure Ojaide

Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature

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

Print ISBN: 9780367368340
eBook ISBN: 9780429354229
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In literature, theory and aesthetics have become protean terms whose definitions or meanings seem to shift from what were previously thought to be their limited spaces into new scholarly vistas. Theory and aesthetics often function in a partnership that brings out the unity of a text or a collection of works that form a discourse. Jeffrey R. Di Leo, in his review of Vincent B. Leitch’s Literary Theory in the 21st Century: Theory Renaissance, taunts us with “Word on the street is that theory is dead – superseded by a multitude of studies” (412). He goes on to quote Leitch as writing that “theory in recent times has become a crossover interdiscipline fusing literary criticism, linguistics, philosophy, history, anthropology, sociology, psychoanalysis, and politics” (29). The profusion of “studies” in the 21st century has given rise to the “renaissance” of what can also be called theories.

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