Globalization and the Crisis of Memory in Nigerian Exile/Migrant Poetry

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Globalization raises issues of identity, cultural stereotyping, and intercultural communication, migration, “otherness,” syncretism, and hybridity. This chapter analyzes the impact of globalization, as defined by space and experience, on the memory, and consequently, the creative imagination of Nigerian exile/migrant poets as demonstrated in style and thematic thrusts. It attributes the identity crisis of the subjects to the complex postcolonial structures and neo-colonial engagements engendered by a subtle connivance between external (colonial) manipulations and internal (neo-colonial) mechanism of state, resulting in social insecurity and exile. This provokes various reactions in writers all of which betray a subtle sense of dislocation, loneliness and nostalgia.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5848/CSP.0804.00018

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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  • Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System
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