The Mudimbe Reader.

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Fraiture, Pierre-Philippe and Daniel Orrells, eds. The Mudimbe Reader. Charlotte, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2016, pp.280, ISBN: 9780813939100.

This volume offers a ground-breaking work of modern intellectual African history from an essential postcolonial thinker, including new translations of essays previously unavailable in English. Constituting an intellectual history of the humanities in the late twentieth century from an African intellectual's point of view, the book provides an introduction and a comprehensive bibliography that frame four thematic gatherings of Mudimbe's writings. Thus, the book bears witness to Mudimbe's attempts, as a university professor in the new nation-state of Zaire, to balance the post-independence discourse of authenticity...

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