In each of them, an alternative explanatory framework of spirit possession is also explored. The post-conflict setting retains much in common with her earlier work examining how the violations of the past make themselves felt in the present, but her European novel also considers the specificities of genocide. Authors including Yvonne Vera, J. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies. Drawing on fiction and life-writing published in English and French over the last forty years, this book explores the complexities of literature's invitation to imagine pain. Her prose is valued for its characteristic lyricism and its lightness of touch which paradoxically highlight silenced and weighty realities of life. Norridge weaves together an impressive breadth of critical material from across memory studies, trauma theory, and medical anthropology to inform careful close readings that in turn bring new insights to broader debates in African, postcolonial, and world literature.
It deserves to be widely read and referenced both within the field of African literature and literary studies, but also by scientists and social scientists concerned with experiences of suffering. Book review: Pierre-Jean Balzan, Bruno Guichard and Alain Léger, François Maspero et les paysages humains. What purpose could such descriptions serve? What purpose could such descriptions serve? This article asks how we might read Forna's writing in the context of human rights, suggesting that her focus on unprosecuted war crimes and the complicity of whole communities aligns with the concerns of transitional justice. Moreover, an overemphasis on a homogenous perspective on independence by the singers also tends to underestimate the contradictory response in the songs of an individual singer. . Coetzee -- Women's Pains and the Creation of Meaning in Francophone Narratives from West Africa -- Writing around Pain: Personal Testimonies from Rwanda by African Writers -- Responding to Pain, from Healing to Human Rights: Aminatta Forna, Antjie Krog and James Orbinski -- Epilogue: Literature and the Place of Pain.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references p. Drawing on fiction and life-writing published in English and French over the last forty years, this book explores the complexities of literature's invitation to imagine pain. Constantly alert to the political, ethical and aesthetic questions that such writing raises, she traces the representation of pain as it occurs in fiction, testimony, memoir and literary journalism from a number of African countries, without shying away from hard questions about the role of literature in our dealings with pain and its consequences in the real world. And what can it make happen? And do they fall into the danger of simply re-confirming negative stereotypes about Africa as an inevitably pained continent? Feminist empathy is the ability to feel oneself into the experience of a woman in unwarranted suffering, that is, suffering that resulted due to no fault of her own. The analysis of popular songs in post-independence Zimbabwe has received little attention. Examining the ways in which each novel situates its staging of African conflict against the a priori image of Africa, the article focuses on the ways in which each novel demands a readerly engagement based on alterity.
It is lucidly written and deserves a wide readership from the many academic disciplines it traverses. Book review: The French Atlantic: travels in culture and history, by Bill Marshall. The third day after leaving Tingi-Tingi we began to pass the bodies of the dead and the dying. Ants and other forest insects crawled around her mouth, nose, eyes and ears. Toate promoţiile prezente în site sunt valabile în limita stocului. Marie Béatrice Umutesi, Surviving the Slaughter. Chapter Four moves to the realm of mass suffering, centring its examples of literary responses to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
Chapter Three extends the cultural and social attribution of meaning to pain through the analysis of representations of excision in seven francophone African texts. Le peuple guinéen vivait alors dans un monde imprévisible dans lequel tout geste pouvait être interprété comme une offense au régime et pouvait mener à leur incarcération ou entraîner leur mort. Initially admired for his socialist revolutionary policies in the wake of colonial domination, he later emerged as a dictator who ruthlessly crushed opposition. Rareori acestea pot conţine inadvertenţe: fotografia are caracter informativ şi poate conţine accesorii neincluse în pachetele standard, unele specificaţii pot fi modificate de catre producător fără preaviz sau pot conţine erori de operare. What crime had all these victims committed to deserve such a death? Norridge argues for the need to acknowledge individuality of pain experiences, and demonstrates convincingly that literature is uniquely placed to articulate both individual and collective suffering and precipitate distinctive forms of perception.
Drawing on fiction and life-writing published in English and French over the last forty years, this book explores the complexities of literature's invitation to imagine pain. Initialement admiré pour sa politique révolutionnaire socialiste au lendemain de la domination coloniale, il est devenu dictateur, écrasant impitoyablement son opposition. Authors including Yvonne Vera, J. The death rattle that from time to time escaped her lips showed that she was not yet dead. Perceiving Pain in African Literature argues that the literary text has a particular role to play in contesting and re-working the personal, social and political meanings of pain. Norridge provides a detailed, often compelling, engagement with the verbal expression and perception of pain in anglophone and francophone literatures from across West, Central, and Southern Africa. Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies.
Publishing francophone African literature in translation: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. As her powerful readings demonstrate, such limiting associations, which remain apparent in certain areas of human rights activism, are precisely the reason why pain requires the more nuanced theoretical framework that African literary studies, and this book in particular, might provide p4. The few analyses that have been attempted remain fragmentary and notoriously insist on a uniform worldview for the singers. In 1990s, researchers have worked on trauma studies focusing on the sufferings of Whites like in the Holocaust and war veterans of Vietnam but less attention has been paid to the sufferings of black women. The book is convincing and strongly recommended to any researcher in African literary and social studies. The distinctions drawn evoke some shared motifs while emphasising narrative construction as a potential salve in itself, since it offers opportunity to create new personal pain meanings p117. In certain cases, nature or religion helps the healing process of the individual but the paper will establish how affectionate attachment figures have comforting, healing and therapeutic effects on the suffering individual.
Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies. African literature in French and the Heinemann African writers series: towards a relational account of postcolonial book history. And do they fall into the danger of simply re-confirming negative stereotypes about Africa as an inevitably pained continent? Norridge is acutely aware of the potential ethical pitfalls of studying the aesthetics of pain in African writing. Yvonne Vera is certainly the most successful and imaginative female novelist to emerge from Zimbabwe and conceivably one of the most significant writers of Africa. Acknowledgements Introduction: Pain, Literature and the Personal Painful Encounters in Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins Between Minds and Bodies — the Location of Pain and Racial Trauma in Works by Bessie Head and J. In the last decade, three novels by African-British authors have been published that portray characters who could be seen as presenting symptoms of dissociative disorder: Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love 2010 , Helen Oyeyemi's The Icarus Girl 2005 , and Brian Chikwava's Harare North 2009.
While this is not in and of itself problematic, the ethical consequences of the transposition, reinterpretation, and transformation of one textual object to another require careful consideration. I shall examine how the main characters in the novel, Mamakay, Agnes, Kai and Adrian, establish interpersonal relations that allow them to come to terms with the ordinary spaces that surround them and eventually construct alternative emotional spaces. While Krog sees textual quilting as allowing for a multivocal text that does not present a singular or coherent notion of national truth, I will argue that it also allows Krog to transpose one form of textuality into a different generic frame altogether. Constantly alert to the political, ethical and aesthetic questions that such writing raises, she traces the representation of pain as it occurs in fiction, testimony, memoir and literary journalism from a number of African countries, without shying away from hard questions about the role of literature in our dealings with pain and its consequences in the real world. It deserves to be widely read and referenced both within the field of African literature and literary studies, but also by scientists and social scientists concerned with experiences of suffering. Tagged with the keywords: , , , Perceiving Pain in African Literature.