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dc.contributor.authorArens, Sarah
dc.identifier.citationArens , S 2018 , ' Narrating the (post)nation? Aspects of the local and the global in Francophone Congolese writing ' , Research in African Literatures , vol. 49 , no. 1 , pp. 22-41 .
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dc.description.abstractThis article investigates postnational(ist) dimensions of late twentieth-century Congolese writing based on Sony Labou Tansi’s novel Les sept solitudes de Lorsa Lopez [The Seven Solitudes of Lorsa Lopez] (1985) and Pie Tshibanda’s Un fou noir au pays des blancs [A Black Fool in the Country of the White] (1999). Adopting Achille Mbembe’s concept of “necropolitics” and the grotesque, it explores the different approaches used to construct localities and globalities through their depictions of the dead and the dying body in these two novels. Widening the focus, this article argues that the ways in which the two novels narrate geographical space are fundamental to the visions of the postcolonial nation they express: their ongoing preoccupation with spatial politics of the former colonizer and the failed nationalist projects after the formal end of European colonialism testify to their call for a more complex perception of postnationalism than often assumed in existing scholarship.
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dc.subjectAfrican literatureen
dc.subjectPostcolonial literatureen
dc.subjectNation statesen
dc.subjectP Language and Literatureen
dc.titleNarrating the (post)nation? : Aspects of the local and the global in Francophone Congolese writingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Frenchen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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