Mudimbe's fetish of the West and epistemological utopianism
Fraiture, Pierre-Philippe. (2009) Mudimbe's fetish of the West and epistemological utopianism. French Studies, Vol.63 (No.3). pp. 308-322. ISSN 0016-1128Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fs/knp094
This article will provide a close reading of Mudimbe's early collections of essays L'Autre Face du royaume (1973) and L'Odeur du pere (1982). In the English-language exegesis of Mudimbe's writings, these two key teats have been unduly neglected in favour of The Invention of Africa (1988), an essay which, from a chronological point of view; coincided more conveniently with the advent of the postcolonial 'turn'. I will however contend that these two collections offer a rare combination of revolutionary idealism and early postcolonial methodology. I will also argue that Mudimbe's erudite exploration of Western knowledge on sub-Saharan Africa in these two books, albeit somewhat fetishizing in relation to the 'West' and its purported oneness offers more than a meta-philosophical exercise and assessment of Africa's intellectual dependency. Mudimbe's engagement with Foucault's archaeology is a strategy to advocate an epistemological and hence political revolution which reaffirms Mudimbe's filiation with anticolonialist utopianism and Sartre's philosophy of subjectivity.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > French Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||French Studies|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Official Date:||July 2009|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 308-322|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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