Show simple item record de Bruijn, Esther 2018-06-13T20:18:58Z 2018-06-13T20:18:58Z 2007
dc.identifier.citation de Bruijn, E. (2007). Coming to terms with new ageist contamination: Cosmopolitanism in Ben Okri's "The famished road". Research in African Literatures, 38(4), 170-186. en_US
dc.description “This journal article was published as de Bruijn, E. (2007). Coming to terms with new ageist contamination: Cosmopolitanism in Ben Okri's The famished road. Research in African Literatures, 38(4), 170-186. No part of it may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Indiana University Press. For education reuse, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center <>. For all other permissions, contact IU Press at <>.” en_US
dc.description.abstract The paper refutes Douglas McCabe's essay "'Higher Realities': New Age Spirituality in Ben Okri's The Famished Road" for its injudicious attack on Okri as a New Ageist and "detraditionalizing perennialist" whose novel The Famished Road purportedly reinforces cultural imperialism and global capitalism. The paper reveals that McCabe's primary intention is to indict Okri for the latter's supposed misappropriation of the traditional abiku narrative and that McCabe's imputation of The Famished Road relies on evidence from without, rather than within, the novel itself. The paper goes on to consider Okri's suffusion of spirituality in the novel as a means of imparting an "enchanted" history. It suggests that notions of cosmopolitanism, in Anthony Kwame Appiah's sense, pervade the text and that characters like Dad and the Photographer can offer insight into individual attempts to manage the various, contesting ontological systems at play in an African culture. en_US
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dc.publisher Indiana University Press en_US
dc.subject Ben Okri en_US
dc.subject Douglas McCabe en_US
dc.subject Anthony Kwame Appiah en_US
dc.subject New Ageism en_US
dc.subject New Age spirituality en_US
dc.subject Cultural imperialism en_US
dc.subject Global capitalism en_US
dc.subject Abiku en_US
dc.subject Famished en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Okri, Ben--Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Cosmopolitanism
dc.subject.lcsh New Age movement
dc.title Coming to terms with new ageist contamination: cosmopolitanism in Ben Okri's "The famished road" en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of English en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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