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Title:Unmasking the African Dictator: essays on Postcolonial African literature
Editor:Ndigirigi, Gichingiri
Series:Tennessee studies in literature
Publisher:The University of Tennessee Press
ISBN:162190055X; 9781621900559
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
literary criticism
Abstract:This edited volume is a collection of essays that examine the fictional and dramatic representations of tyrannical regimes in Africa, in fiction, drama, films, and music. The essays cover a wide range of countries, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo (Brazzaville), Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda, and examine the works of several major authors of dictator fiction like Achebe, Ngugi, Farah, and Tamsi, among others. Contents: Nuruddin Farah's 'Variations on the theme of an African dictatorship' (Gichingiri Ndigirigi); Colonialism, the modern African dictator and the postcolonial state (Nada Halloway); The unfaithful chronicler: on writing about the dictator in Henri Lopès's 'Le pleurer-rire' (The laughing cry) (Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra); Toxic fathers: Henri Lopès's 'The laughing cry' as emblematic African dictator novel (Gitahi Gititi); The last king of Africa: the representation of Idi Amin in Ugandan dictatorship novels (Oliver Lovesey); 'Jacob's ladder' and 'Anthills of the Savannah': narrativizing the internal-external dynamic of African political power (Joseph McLaren); The dictator and his objects: the status of the fetish in the African dictator novel (Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra); 'Fimbo ya Nyayo': when the Kenyan dictator called the tunes! (Maina Mutonya); Diagnosing the dictator's body politic in 'Wizard of the Crow' (Robert L. Colson); Performing resistance in Ngugi's 'Wizard of the Crow' (Gichingiri Ndigirigi); Fraternal oppression and the 'aesthetics of vulgarity' in Alain Mabanckou's 'Broken glass' (Awa Sarr); 'A nation of one's own': fictional indictment of cannibalistic African states (Ng'ang'a Muchiri). [ASC Leiden abstract]