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In a sweeping new book that takes on “everything,” the writer and scholar of literature, cinema, and media studies Akin Adesokan offers a fresh take on “new” African creative forms in the digital age. Everything is Sampled asks how a longer view of African art-making across media and setting might affect our understanding of what counts as art, as text, and as authorship. In this long view, the publishing crisis under structural adjustment in the 1980s becomes just one manifestation of a larger set of structural challenges African artists have faced and which have played a critical, indeed constitutive, role in artistic practice on the continent to the present day. Along the way, Everything is Sampled offers a new framework for describing African cultural production over the past four decades, thoughtfully departing from well-worn categorizations of discipline, genre, authorship, and hierarchies of artistic value….Click here to read the full article

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