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Rethinking Damasian Ngritude: biography, literature, genre theory

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This article analyses Lon-Gontran Damas's Ngritude conceptually as an essentially individual critique of colonialism through which a reconciliation of literary aesthetics and political ideology can begin to transpire. It aims to offer a perspective of Damas's oeuvre, in which two theoretical approaches can be applied together: postcolonial studies and genre theory. By examining Damas's literary forms within the context of genre theory, an inquiry is made into how his individual texts shape a poetics of Ngritude. Thus, genre theory could be useful when applied to postcolonial theory in this auxiliary way. The approach has the potential to allow for a reflection upon the relationship between texts in a Damas's corpus and the way in which they can be grouped together as varied perspectives on anti-colonialism.

Keywords: Damas; Francophone; Ngritude; genre; materialist critique; postcolonial

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Liverpool.

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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  • The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.
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