The Cultural Revolution, Artistic Creativity and Freedom of Expression in Guinea

A high level of mobilisation and autocratic authoritarian rule tends to stifle creativity by subjugating art to the party bureaucracy, and to the opinion of the national leader. Contemporary Guinea exemplifies such a totalitarian world. This article is based on the textual interpretation of Guinean radio broadcasts and records, and Tour’s writings and examines the present stage of literary development and how autocracy has affected creativity. After a recollection of the early major writings by Guineans in French before 1969 follows a discussion of the Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent rise of Tour himself as the sola interpreter of national realities. Sections; Cultural activities in the era of Guinean nationalism – Artistic developments from 1959 to 1968 – The cultural revolution and autocracy – Skou Tour the poet. Ref.

Title: The Cultural Revolution, Artistic Creativity and Freedom of Expression in Guinea
Author: Kaba, Lansine
Year: 1976
Periodical: Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume: 14
Issue: 2
Period: June
Pages: 201-218
Language: English
Geographic term: Guinea
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/160057
Abstract: A high level of mobilisation and autocratic authoritarian rule tends to stifle creativity by subjugating art to the party bureaucracy, and to the opinion of the national leader. Contemporary Guinea exemplifies such a totalitarian world. This article is based on the textual interpretation of Guinean radio broadcasts and records, and Tour’s writings and examines the present stage of literary development and how autocracy has affected creativity. After a recollection of the early major writings by Guineans in French before 1969 follows a discussion of the Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent rise of Tour himself as the sola interpreter of national realities. Sections; Cultural activities in the era of Guinean nationalism – Artistic developments from 1959 to 1968 – The cultural revolution and autocracy – Skou Tour the poet. Ref.