By Ato Quayson
Ato Quayson explores a tradition of interpreting that oscillates quickly among domains-the literary-aesthetic, the social, the cultural, and the political-in order to discover the together illuminating nature of those domain names. He does this to not assert the customarily repeated postmodernist view that there's not anything outdoor the textual content, yet to stipulate a mode of interpreting he calls calibrations: a kind of shut studying of literature with what lies past it as a manner of realizing buildings of transformation, technique, and contradiction that tell either literature and society. Quayson surveys a wide range of texts-ranging from Bob Marley lyrics, Toni Morrison's paintings, Walter Benjamin's Theses at the Philosophy of heritage, and Althusser's reflections on political economy-and treats a large diversity of subject matters: the comparative constructions of alienation in literature and anthropology, cultural heroism as a trope in African society and politics, literary tragedy as a template for examining the existence and activism of Ken Saro-Wiwa, trauma and the prestige of citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa, representations of actual incapacity, and the conflict among enchanted and disappointed time in postcolonial texts. Ato Quayson is director of the African stories Centre, lecturer in English, and fellow of Pembroke collage on the college of Cambridge.