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Title:Colo-mentality: colonial trauma in Oyono's 'Houseboy' and Condé's 'Crossing the mangrove'
Author:Iheka, Cajetan N.
Year:2014
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Volume:45
Issue:4
Pages:33-49
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Guadeloupe
Subjects:colonialism
violence
literary criticism
About persons:Maryse Condé (1937-)
Ferdinand Oyono (1929-2010)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v045/45.4.iheka.pdf
Abstract:This essay analyzes the traumas induced by colonial violence in Ferdinand Oyono's 'Houseboy' and Maryse Condé's 'Crossing the Mangrove'. Despite the differences between both texts, they are joined by their engagement with colonial violence in African societies, by their discursive inscription of trauma arising from such violence, and the way their portrayal of the severity of colonial violence shows the limits of trauma theory. Moreover, both novels' portrayals of bloodshed and death make them rich for a comparative study of colonial trauma. Cathy Caruth's notion of trauma inspires the use of the term in this essay. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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