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'Your secret language': classics in the British colonies of West Africa

Goff, B. (2013) 'Your secret language': classics in the British colonies of West Africa. Classical Diaspora. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp248. ISBN 9781780932057

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Abstract/Summary

What were the cultural politics of classics in British colonies? Did classical education operate as a sign of oppression, or as a tool for forging an anti-colonial politics? Why did Europeans bring the classics to West Africa, and how did they manage the developing dynamic when West Africans laid independent claim to the classical heritage? This ground-breaking study examines the ways in which European colonisers and West African nationalists clashed, or collaborated, over the uses of Latin, Greek and the classics.

Item Type:Book
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Minority Identities
ID Code:26497
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic

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