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The idea of Africa in Winifred Holtby's Mandoa Mandoa!
Centre for English Literature and Language, University of Salford, Manchester, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3065-1341
2012 (English)In: Review of English Studies, ISSN 0034-6551, E-ISSN 1471-6968, Vol. 63, no 258, p. 118-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how Winifred Holtby’s writing was shaped by discourses on Africa and suggests that these coloured her writing more vividly than the feminism for which she is better known. I argue that she was deeply interested in the intellectual debates surrounding the League of Nations Union in the late 1920s. In particular, she explored the idea of ‘benign imperialism’ that so interested Leonard Woolf, and developed a socialist critique of imperialism that was rooted in the economic theories of African-American historian W. E. B. Du Bois. By paying attention to the influence of Du Bois on Holtby’s African novelMandoa, Mandoa! A Comedy of Irrelevance (1933), the article connects her journalism and propaganda for black workers’ rights to her fictional writing. It concludes by contrasting Mandoa, Mandoa! with Evelyn Waugh’s oddly similarBlack Mischief (1932) to show how their reception histories appear to account for the comparative neglect of the African story in Holtby scholarship.

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Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2012. Vol. 63, no 258, p. 118-138
Keywords [en]
Winifred Holtby, politics and literature, Mandoa, Mandoa!, Africa
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-29487DOI: 10.1093/res/hgr066ISI: 000300728400006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84857869254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-29487DiVA, id: diva2:627774
Available from: 2013-06-12 Created: 2013-06-12 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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