The Re-invention of Africa: Edward Said, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Beyond

  title={The Re-invention of Africa: Edward Said, V. Y. Mudimbe, and Beyond},
  author={Ali AlʾAmin Mazrui},
  journal={Research in African Literatures},
  pages={68 - 82}
  • A. Mazrui
  • Published 4 August 2005
  • History
  • Research in African Literatures
Edward W. Said and V. Y. Mudimbe are both whistleblowers against ideologies of Otherness, which Mudimbe calls "alterity" and Said has made famous as "Orientalism." Said traces "the invention of the Orient" back to the Western quest for "the Other" while Mudimbe traces "the invention of Africa" back to similar Western explorations. In reality Africa has been re-invented in different stages. The first stage saw North Africa as part of the classical Mediterranean world; the second concerned Africa… 

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