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Title:The image of the white man in African francophone literature: the case of the German in pre-World War I Cameroun
Author:Abanime, E.P.
Year:1985
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:303-313
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Germany
Subjects:images
colonialism
literature
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40759808
Abstract:German colonial administration in Cameroun lasted only thirty years and came to an end before most of the African writers of today were even born. It is not surprising therefore that the Europeans one comes across frequently in modern Camerounian literature (apart from Greek traders) are not German but French. However, the Germans made such a strong impression on the natives while they were in Cameroun that stories pertaining to them became a part of the folklore bequeathed to the generation of Camerounians that came after their departure. This folklore has occasionally been made use of by contemporary Camerounian writers. The author presents instances of this literature. The German in African francophone creative writing is an example of ethnic stereotype in literature. That stereotype has generally been presented with more tolerance than censoriousness by the African francophone writers. - Notes.
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