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Title:'How many people have you killed?': child soldiers in literature and film
Author:Martins, Catarina
Year:2013
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines (ISSN 0008-0055)
Volume:53
Issue:211
Pages:649-675
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
world
Subjects:child soldiers
images
films
novels
Abstract:This article compares representations of African child-soldiers in literary and cinematographic works from the North and the South, using postcolonial theory in an attempt to ascertain which power politics might be at play in the dominant northern discoursive construction of the issue, and what is the focus of resistance within a counter-discourse coming from the South. Works from the North discussed include the European documentary film 'Lost children' and the American feature film 'Blood diamond'. These are compared with African representations of child soldiers in Nigerian director Newton I. Aduaka's 'Ezra', and in the novels 'Allah n'est pas obligé', par Ahmadou Kourouma, 'Johnny chien méchant' by Emmanuel Dongala, and 'Transit' by Abdourahman A. Waberi. The author also considers the way in which the southern counter-discourse and its strategies are being incorporated into the hegemonic main narrative. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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