Emmanuel Johnson Ibuot, Chibuzo Onunkwo


Defining African identity gave rise to varied fields of studies such as African Literature and African Philosophy. From its inception, men and women with bias in modernist presuppositions shaped it. A new way of literary interpretation – post-structuralism – has been presented, attracting much negative reactions that literary studies centres in Africa are not insulated. The passion for the real/truth of a literary work, a major heritage of modernist thought has thus coloured literary discourse in Africa. This paper examines how this search for the real (or truth) has manifested in literary works via Jacques Derrida’s deconstructive strategy.


Derridean Deconstruction, Female, Power, Modernist, African

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