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On the persisting actuality of Aimé Césaire’s Discourse on Colonialism or: The foundations of postcolonial discourse at the age of globalization

Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2007
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Sékongo Kafalo/Lacina Yéo (Université de Cocody-Abidjan/Université Libre de Berlin)

This article highlights the remaining actuality of a classical writing in postcolonial literature, the Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire. In a first step the article recalls some of the major issues of Césaire’s book. In the second part it shows why its main theses maintain their pertinence vis-à-vis the present postcolonial relationship between Africa and the West. In a final section the authors discuss the question what results from this diagnosis for today’s Africa and regarding the steps to make in order to build a better future for the continent.