An introduction to the writings of J G Mullen, an African clerk, in the Gold Coast Leader, 1916–19

Newell, Steph (2008) An introduction to the writings of J G Mullen, an African clerk, in the Gold Coast Leader, 1916–19. Africa, 78 (3). pp. 384-400. ISSN 0001-9720

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Abstract

J. G. Mullen was a Gold Coast clerk who published his memoirs, in instalments, in the Gold Coast Leader from 1916 to 1919. In this unusual narrative, he describes his adventures in Cameroon before and during the First World War. His account combines real-life geographical and social details with flamboyant tropes probably derived from imperial popular literature. Mullen's biography and even identity have so far been otherwise untraceable. His text offers glimpses, always enigmatic, of the experience and outlook of a member of the new clerkly class of colonial West Africa. This contribution presents an edited extract from Mullen's text together with a contextualizing and interpretative essay. The full Mullen text is available in the online version of this issue of Africa.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT History of Africa
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Depositing User: Steph Newell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:15
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 10:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25012
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