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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 Hampâté Bâ, Valentin Mudimbé, Kesso Barry, Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphaël Confiant, and Maryse Condé. 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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Translation
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter One: Hampâté Bâ: Equilibrium and Ambiguous Reception
  2. pp. 21-52
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  1. Chapter Two: Valentin Mudimbé: Autobiography, Philosophy, and Exclusive Francophone Reception
  2. pp. 53-73
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  1. Chapter Three: Kesso Barry: Autobiography, Masculinity, Ambiguity, and Limited Reception
  2. pp. 74-94
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  1. Chapter Four: Patrick Chamoiseau: The Theatrical Self and a Paradoxical Reception
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. Chapter Five
  2. pp. 118-143
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  1. Chapter Six: Maryse Condé: Autobiographical Space and Lukewarm Reception
  2. pp. 144-158
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  1. Conclusion: Francophone African and Caribbean Autobiographies and Their Mixed Reception
  2. pp. 159-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 171-198
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-218
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813931760
Related ISBN
9780813931715
MARC Record
OCLC
785940941
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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