'Your Secret Language': Classics in the British Colonies of West Africa (Classical Diaspora) (Paperback)

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'Your Secret Language': Classics in the British Colonies of West Africa (Classical Diaspora) (Paperback)

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This book is the first to examine the complex and contradictory history of Classics in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. It investigates how Classical Studies, as an integral part of colonial education, enforced a notion of cultural inferiority on African subjects, but conversely played an enabling role in nationalist expression. The enquiry is structured around three main questions: how Classics contributed to the formation of a new class of Europeanising West Africans in the late 19th century; how Classics was implicated in the ideological struggles of the early twentieth century over the desirability of 'practical' or 'agricultural' education; and how the uses of Classics changed in the years leading up to independence.

Barbara Goff is Professor of Classics at the University of Reading, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472584090
ISBN-10: 1472584090
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Classical Diaspora