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LANGUAGE AND ABROGATION
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In the early period of post-colonial writing many writers were forced into the search for an alternative authenticity which seemed to be escaping them, since the concept of authenticity itself was endorsed by a centre to which they did not belong and yet was continually contradicted by the everyday experience of marginality. The eventual consequence of this experience was that notions of centrality and the ‘authentic’ were themselves necessarily questioned, challenged, and finally abrogated.