Henri Lopes and the postcolonial riddle of métis identity
Author: Onyeoziri, Gloria Nne
Source: International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 6, Number 1, 1 February 2003 , pp. 43-52(10)
Abstract:This study explores recent discussions surrounding the concept of métissage as a term which, though it may no longer be appropriate to describe the cultural hybridity of the postmodern or postmodern context, still carries significant traces of historical practices of oppression, psychological disturbances, sexual exploitation and struggles for the survival of cultural identities. An examination of some of the ideological, mythical and symbolic structures of métissage allows us to envisage ways in which these traces may translate into literary forms. Two novels of Henri Lopes - Le Chercheur d’Afriques and Le Lys et le Flamboyant - are themselves explorations of métissage that playfully interrupt our perceptions of racial and cultural identity without ever giving up on their métis characters’ desire for cultural belonging. The results are both aesthetically challenging and suggestive of a continuing malaise in postcolonial African literatures.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of British Columbia
Publication date: February 1, 2003
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