Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies: From Africa to the Antilles (Hardcover)

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Bringing a comparative perspective to the study of autobiography, Edgard Sankara considers a cross-section of postcolonial francophone writing from Africa and the Caribbean in order to examine and compare for the first time their transnational reception. Sankara not only compares the ways in which a wide selection of autobiographies were received locally (as well as in France) but also juxtaposes reception by the colonized and the colonizer to show how different meanings were assigned to the works after publication.

Sankara's geographical and cultural coverage of Africa and its diaspora is rich, with separate chapters devoted to the autobiographies of Hamp t B , Valentin Mudimb , Kesso Barry, Patrick Chamoiseau, Rapha l Confiant, and Maryse Cond . The author combines close reading, reception study, and postcolonial theory to present an insightful survey of the literary connections among these autobiographers as well as a useful point of departure for further exploration of the genre itself, of the role of reception studies in postcolonial criticism, and of the stance that postcolonial francophone writers choose to take regarding their communities of origin.

Modern Language Initiative

About the Author

Edgard Sankara is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Delaware.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813931715
ISBN-10: 0813931711
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 2011
Pages: 218
Language: English