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date: 04 June 2020

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This article examines the complex and often contradictory relationship of African culture to modernism and its cultural effects. It aims to address the ways in which African writers have engaged with, probed, and interrogated the discourses of modernity, especially the cultural discourse of modernism. The article suggests that in its attempt to revivify European culture, European modernism often turned to African culture as a site or space of otherness, which in some cases also became a form of cultural appropriation, a negation of that otherness, and an incorporation of that other space and culture.

Keywords: modernism, African culture, cultural effects, cultural discourse, European culture, European modernism, cultural appropriation, otherness

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