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Title:Literature and history: the case of Cheikh Hamidou Kane's 'Ambiguous adventure'
Author:Gadjigo, Samba
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Futa Toro polity
traditional polities
About person:Hamidou Kane (1928-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3820355
Abstract:In a recent study devoted to the novel 'Ambiguous adventure' (L'Aventure ambiguë, 1961) by the Senegalese writer Cheikh Hamidou Kane, J.D. Conteh-Morgan reduces the entire novel to the mere representation of a 'political conflict between a vanquished Diallobé ruling aristocracy...and an imperial and republican France...'. In this article the author argues, contrary to this view, that, beyond the political marginalization of the Diallobé aristocratic ruling class by the colonial process, 'Ambiguous adventure', with its poignant debate over education, is above all a fictional reconstruction of the political and ideological palingenesis of Diallobé society (Fouta Tooro, Senegal), from the Toroobe Islamic revolution of the late 18th century to the era of colonial domination. The agonizing dilemma over education, the central theme that confers unity on the story, transcends not only the specific consciousness of the ruling class but also the era of colonial invasion. The problems raised by the novel were germane to Diallobé society before as well as during the French occupation. Bibliogr.