Language & Development Strategy in Pan-African Literary Experience

Anyidoho, Kofi
March 1992
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p45
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article evaluates the language and development strategy adopted in Pan-African literary experience. In Africa, planners of development strategy have focused almost exclusively on social, political, and economic issues, and in the last decade, the accent has shifted to concerns about imported science and technology. Culture and all other issues normally assigned to ministries of culture are either ignored, or treated with cynical indulgence and indifferent patronage. In the context of the African historical experience, language has manifested both a creative and a destructive potential, although its creative role has more generally been recognized than has its potential for negative growth or cultural and social stagnation.


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