Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

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The vexed “colour problem”: Doris Lessing and the “African Renaissance”

P Louw


The question of an African Renaissance is drawing increasing debate among African scholars as they aspire for African unity and the revitalization of African cultures. This involves looking back to Africa’s past and evaluating traditions and customs in order to learn how to shape the future. In this paper it is argued that Doris Lessing, in her African Stories, anticipated post-liberation issues such as the protection of Indigenous Knowledge Systems which have become the cornerstone concepts of the African Renaissance today. She exposes the threat posed by colonial society to African traditions and thereby subverts colonial discourse.

Keywords: Doris Lessing; African Renaissance

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