"All Things Are Linked": A Study of Ben Okri's Dangerous Love and Its Circulation
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aim of this thesis is to explore Ben Okri’s Dangerous Love in relation to book circulation in today’s global marketplace. Current models of communication and circulation presuppose the existence of a global market connected to the networks of capitalism and the Internet. These networks in some way constitute the removal of physical barriers and in a sense enable us to rethink the centre/periphery dyad in terms of being inside/outside the network. Dangerous Love, a rewrite of Okri’s second published novel, The Landscapes Within, presupposes its engagement with such markets.
This investigation explores the production of Dangerous Love and shows how it both presents and constitutes an imaginative removal of boundaries in a way that both reflects and symbolically reshapes the markets in which it circulates as well as enhancing its meaning. It offers a book historical account of the construction of ‘African Literature’ with Dangerous Love as a case study, and argues that the interconnections between the circuits through which texts travel and the content of a literary work, extend the explanatory capacity of a centre/periphery paradigm towards a network paradigm, through the transformative possibilities of the imagination.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 61 p.
Interconnectedness, Networks, Publishing, Ben Okri, Book History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120580DiVA: diva2:853489