Ben Okri: In Arcadia

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  • Christopher Ringrose (University of Northampton)

In Arcadia (2002) marks out Ben Okri as a transnational writer, in the sense in which the term has been proposed by Andreas Huyssen. Huyssen sees the concept of transnationalism as a way of overcoming the false dichotomy between the local and the global, counteracting and complicating the “argument that only local culture or culture as local is good, authentic and resistant, whereas global cultural forms must be condemned as manifestations of cultural imperialism, i.e., Americanization” (13). In In Arcadia, Lao, an intellectual, celebrity presenter and a black human being (112), narrates part of the story of the making of a documentary film about the idea of Arcadia; at other times he is the Jamesian “reflector�…

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Ringrose, Christopher. "In Arcadia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2009
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