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'Your Secret Language': Classics in the British Colonies of West Africa
Contributor(s): Goff, Barbara (Author)

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ISBN: 1780932057     ISBN-13: 9781780932057
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
OUR PRICE: $231.00  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2013

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Africa - General
- Education | History
- Literary Criticism | Ancient And Classical
Dewey: 370.966
LCCN: 2012045462
Series: Classical Diaspora
Physical Information: 1.1" H x 6.2" W x 9.5" L (1.15 lbs) 248 pages
- Cultural Region - African
- Chronological Period - Ancient (To 499 A.D.)
- Cultural Region - West Africa
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Index
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
This book is the first to examine the complex and contradictory history of Classics in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. It investigates how Classical Studies, as an integral part of colonial education, enforced a notion of cultural inferiority on African subjects, but conversely played an enabling role in nationalist expression. The enquiry is structured around three main questions: how Classics contributed to the formation of a new class of Europeanising West Africans in the late 19th century; how Classics was implicated in the ideological struggles of the early twentieth century over the desirability of 'practical' or 'agricultural' education; and how the uses of Classics changed in the years leading up to independence.
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