Culture in transition: Rajat Neogy’s transition (1961–1968) and the decolonization of African literature

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Transition, the Ugandan literary magazine edited by Rajat Neogy, sought to create an autonomous East African culture in the aftermath of decolonization. Publishing leading intellectuals and writers on the continent including Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Ali Mazrui, and Es’kia Mphahlele, neither the outgoing imperialists nor Milton Obote’s overbearing nationalist regime were exempt its challenge. Neogy’s imprisonment for sedition in 1968 consolidated the magazine’s resistant position. However, the case of Transition also raises larger questions about the relationship between politics and print. Bringing into view the liberal institutions that funded and protected such ventures in the decolonizing world, notably the Congress for Cultural Freedom but also Amnesty International, Transition asks important questions about how we conceive of resistance in the long twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFighting Words
Subtitle of host publicationFifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World
EditorsDominic Davies, Erica Lombard, Benjamin Mountford
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781906165550
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameRace and Resistance Across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century
PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)2297-2552


  • Congress for Cultural Freedom
  • African literature
  • Amnesty International
  • Transition magazine
  • Rajat Neogy
  • little magazines


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