Journeys through the French African novel
Mildred Mortimer questions the preeminence of outer and inner voyages in the francophone African novel. Rooted in both African oral tradition and the European novel, the journey motif not only reflects cultural blending but also African experiences of migration, exploration, and conquest. The author focuses on the importance of orature to African writing, links between Maghrebian and sub-Saharan African fiction, and the distinction between men's and women's journeys.
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From the Colonialist to the African Novel
Cultural Conflict During the 1950s and 1960s
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African novel African writers Aissatou Algerian Arabic Assia Djebar avait Ba's Bakayoko baobab becomes Beti Birago Diop bois de Dieu Bouts de bois Bugul c'est Camara Laye childhood colonialist Conrad contrast cultural Dakar Dakar-Niger railway Dalila death Denis depicts desert Djebar emphasizes enclosure European experience Fama Fama's Father Drumont Fatima female bonding femme francophone griot Hajila harem hero identity important initiation Islam Isma itinerary journey motif Kabylia Kane Kane's Kateb Yacine Kem Tanne Ken Bugul Ken's Kourouma Kurtz L'Enfant noir Lakhdar language Laye's Maghrebian Malinke Mammeri Marlow meme missionary Modou Mokhtar Mongo Beti mother Mouloud Mammeri Mourad narrator Nedjma novelist oral narrative oral tradition patriarchal political polygamy prison protagonist public space qu'il Quranic Rachid Ramatoulaye reader reveals role Sahara Samba Samba Diallo Sanga Boto Sebbar self-understanding Sembene Sembene's Senegalese Sherazade Sherazade's society spiritual storyteller struggle Thierno Toucouleur tout transformation Tuaregs village Wolof woman women word writing