Claiming History

Claiming History

by Eleni Coundouriotis
     
 

Places African literature—novels of the colonial and postcolonial periods, written in both French and English—in their proper context within the field of postcolonial studies and illustrates how historical narration not only "answers back" to Europe's colonialist legacy, but also serves as a complex form of dissent among Africans themselves.

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Overview

Places African literature—novels of the colonial and postcolonial periods, written in both French and English—in their proper context within the field of postcolonial studies and illustrates how historical narration not only "answers back" to Europe's colonialist legacy, but also serves as a complex form of dissent among Africans themselves.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231113519
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
0.51(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eleni Coundouriotis is assistant professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

Columbia University Press

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Traditional Cultures of Rene Maran and Chinua Achebe21
2History, Human Sacrifices, and the Victorian Travelers to Dahomey45
3Contesting Authenticity: Paul Hazoume, Ethnography, and Negritude73
4Resistant History in Paul Hazoume's Doguicimi97
5History as Transgression in Le Devoir de violence116
6Temporality and the Geographies of the Nation: "The Future Present" in The Famished Road141
Afterword165
Notes173
Works Cited193
Index205

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