The Liminal Novel: Studies in the Francophone-African Novel as Bildungsroman Wangari Wa Nyatettu-Waigwa

ISBN: 9780820421681

Published: February 1st 1997

Hardcover

134 pages


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The Liminal Novel: Studies in the Francophone-African Novel as Bildungsroman  by  Wangari Wa Nyatettu-Waigwa

The Liminal Novel: Studies in the Francophone-African Novel as Bildungsroman by Wangari Wa Nyatettu-Waigwa
February 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 134 pages | ISBN: 9780820421681 | 7.53 Mb

Critical studies of African literature, especially those treating colonial-era novels, have typically taken the form of thematic analyses. In an important departure from this trend, The Liminal Novel concentrates instead on how meaning is achieved inMoreCritical studies of African literature, especially those treating colonial-era novels, have typically taken the form of thematic analyses. In an important departure from this trend, The Liminal Novel concentrates instead on how meaning is achieved in three African novels of the 1950s - Camara Layes Lenfant noir, Hamidou Kanes Laventure ambigue, and Mongo Betis Mission terminee.

The analysis offered here is innovative on at least two counts. First, appropriating the anthropological rite of passage model, it argues convincingly for a reclassification of the three novels as members of a subset within the genre of Bildungsroman. Second, while illuminating the artistic dimensions of these works through careful scrutiny of imagery, setting, and discourse, The Liminal Novel also provides a new and valuable tool for reading many colonial coming-of-age novels.



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