Newspapers, new spaces, new writers: the First World War and print culture in colonial Ghana

Newell, Stephanie (2009) Newspapers, new spaces, new writers: the First World War and print culture in colonial Ghana. Research in African Literatures, 40 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0034-5210

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Abstract

The article focuses on a memoir, My Experience in Cameroons during the War, by J. G. Mullen, published in the Gold Coast Leader between 1916 and 1918. This memoir is unique for its status as a first-person narrative by an ordinary African clerk. Mullens narrative furnishes us with many insights into the educated, non-elite mans imperial identity in the early twentieth century. Through it, we can discover precisely how a Ghanaian native clerk articulated his imperial subjectivity, his race-consciousness, his perception of social class in the colonies, his patriotism, and his need for existential (if not political) freedoms during the war.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Steph Newell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:52
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 12:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28498
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