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Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds$
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Lorna Hardwick and Carol Gillespie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.001.0001

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Another Architecture

Another Architecture

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(p.349) 19 Another Architecture
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Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds
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David Richards

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.003.0020

This concluding chapter examines issues of ‘beginnings’ in the narrative foundations of the physical environment, and probes its incompatibility with post-colonial intellectual architecture. This is used as a basis for discussing temporal uncoupling, which enables present models to be situated in the past, and vice versa. The chapter uses Christopher Okigbo’s labyrinth as a metaphor for the productive incongruity of the openness to new experience—which is the defining feature of the encounter between classical literature and post-colonialism—and argues that this encounter enables classical and post-colonial to jointly challenge the conventional architecture of historical progress. The chapter’s argument thus generalises out from the impact of the detailed case studies of the first section, and then returns to key examples which are scrutinised through new lenses which are sensitive to the themes of temporal and genre disjunction that emerged in the second part.

Keywords:   Christopher Okigbo, labyrinth, metaphor, post-colonialism, classical literature, intellectual architecture, Nigeria

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