Voice and give voice: dialectics between fiction and history in narratives on the Rwandan genocide
Abstract:A considerable amount of literature has been produced on the genocide in Rwanda, from historical, political and sociological studies to testimonies, accounts and fiction. While the status of scientific texts is more or less clear, when it comes to fiction and journalism, the situation is much more complex. Often, history and fiction merge. The character of the text's discourse and the narrator's viewpoint are not always obvious and in unison. How does the text function and how does it relate to reality and to history? Which knowledge does it seek to represent and spread? This article examines the relations between fact and fiction in literary and journalistic texts. Each text is located on the continuum between the subjective and the objective.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Bayreuth.
Publication date: 2006-04-01
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