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Title:Domination and Alienation: Setting in Some Francophone African Novels
Author:Noku, Michael P.
Year:1989
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Volume:1
Pages:163-170
Language:English
Geographic term:French-speaking Africa
Subjects:literature
French language
novels
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Abstract:This study explores the relationship between the setting of a number of francophone African novels from the colonial period and the issues of domination and alienation. Setting is defined as referring to a place of action. The novels analysed are Eza Boto's 'Ville cruelle' (1954), Ferdinand Oyono's 'Une vie de boy' (1956) and 'Le vieux nègre et la médaille' (1956), and Ousmane Sembène's 'Les bouts de bois de Dieu' (1960). The two main types of setting in these novels are the 'quartier blanc' and the 'quartier noir'. Focusing on the symbolical meaning of these settings, the analysis demonstrates how the narrator's description of the settings consciously or unconsciously reveals relations of domination between whites and Africans. Bibliogr., note, sum.
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