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Title:The 'bildungsroman' in Cameroon Anglophone literature: John Nkemngong Nkengasong's 'Across the Mongolo' and Margaret Afuh's 'Born before her time'
Author:Ngongkum, EuniceISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:26
Issue:2
Pages:55-74
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Cameroon
West Africa
Subjects:literature
English language
literary criticism
identity
postcolonialism
Bildungsromans
Literature and society
About persons:John Nkemngong Nkengasong (1959-)ISNI
Margaret Afuh
Abstract:This paper investigates the 'bildungsroman' genre in postcolonial Cameroon Anglophone fiction through a textual analysis of John Nkemngong Nkengasong's 'Across the Mongolo' and Margaret Afuh's 'Born before Her Time'. It seeks to show that these two writers have borrowed a foreign genre and successfully manipulated its original template to highlight the problems between the individuals' aims and the socio-cultural, political and economic values of the post colony. It also aims at demonstrating that a close reading of these texts deepens our understanding of the bildungsroman in the Cameroon literary context and its inevitable relationship to questions of identity. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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