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Title:Rites and wrongs of passage: child soldiers in African writing
Author:Gray, StephenISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Volume:28
Issue:2
Pages:4-14
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:child soldiers
novels
autobiography
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10131752.2011.617990
Abstract:The phenomenon of the recruitment and deployment of under-age soldiers has been well publicized during the first decade of the present century, so that media coverage has spilled over into the written literature, both factual and fictional. The focus here is on how African writing in particular has responded to and reflected this new 'hot topic', both in the publication of notable 'survival stories' and then their spilling over into literary works, especially some watershed novels, which attempt to reflect the use and abuse of minors as active agents in war zones in Africa. Biblogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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