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Title:Story & narrative in the novels of Ayi Kwei Armah
Author:Lorentzon, LeifISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:African Literature Today
Issue:19
Pages:53-63
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subject:literature
About person:Ayi Kwei Armah (1939-)ISNI
Abstract:Readers of Ayi Kwei Armah's five novels invariably agree they are novels of great diversity. According to the present author this has largely to do with changes in Armah's narrative strategy. The aim of this essay is to illustrate how useful a narratological analysis can be to an understanding of a writer's oeuvre. The author analyses Armah's novels on a macro rather than a micro-level, using the theories of, amongst others, Gérard Genette (1972, 1980). He compares the analepses (retrospective temporal movements) in Armah's five novels, and considers the speed of the narrative, the narrating of thoughts, and the mood or focalization of the novels. The conclusion is that, although narratology is a Western theoretical approach, it can also be applied to the modern African novel. Notes, ref.
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