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url 2014-05-08 15:52
The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and “African literature”

I was aware of whitewashed covers, but I wasn't aware of the acacia tree meme. Apparently, any book that is about Africa gets the treatment because Africa = acacia tree + ruddy sunset. (I dig why the writer put scare quotes around "African literature": many of these novels are written by people who are not African, but are set somewhere on the continent; plus, Africa is a continent not a country, and literatures are understood as national, not continental so there.) 


book covers all in reds and yellows with an acacia tree


Ciiiiircle of liiiiiiife....



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