(Chris Thurman’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/7.)

Should Shakespeare’s plays be taught in Africa’s schools and universities? It’s a question that emerges, sometimes flippantly and sometimes in earnest, when conversations about post-colonialism and decolonisation turn to literature and culture.

It’s a useful and necessary question that I am often asked – and one that I often ask myself. But it is also a question which needs rephrasing.


The first problem is in generalising about the African continent. Education systems and their infrastructural or economic contexts are vastly different. This is not only true from country to country and region to region, but also within each country and region.


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