Cosmopolitanism's new clothes? The limits of the concept of Afropolitanism
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CitationToivanen Anna-Leena. (2017). Cosmopolitanism's new clothes? The limits of the concept of Afropolitanism. European Journal of English Studies, 21 (2) , 189-205. 10.1080/13825577.2017.1344475.
Despite all the attention it has received, Afropolitanism remains undertheorised. Afropolitanism, inspired by the concept of cosmopolitanism, includes an explicit link to the African continent, which may result in promoting racialised and territorialised biases. It is also often conceived as an identity position, which tends to result, firstly, in unfruitful debates on who qualifies as ‘Afropolitan’ and, secondly, in generating critical interest in a mere handful of ‘Afropolitan’ star authors. This article argues that, instead of introducing a ‘new’ concept, it would be more useful to continue to revisit the concept of cosmopolitanism in order to explore its potentials in the analysis of African literatures.