n French Studies in Southern Africa - Ecritures aux dimensions autobiographiques : les cas de V.Y. Mudimbe et P. Ngandu Nkashama

Volume 2005, Issue 34
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



This study explores the underlying motivations in the strongly autobiographical dimension marking the work of two important Congolese writers; V.Y. Mudimbe and P. Ngandu Nkashama. The different modalities in the use of the first-person "I" are identified, different in the case of each author, who by a form of mimesis or by style, symbolically or realistically, explores personal frustrations and questions stages of his own life. It seems the novel quickly finds itself limited by such ambiguities in the relationship between author-narrator-reader, and also by the very nature of the contract implicit in that relationship. The diary and particular use of dedications, on the other hand, seem to allow more immediate access to emotion and questioning, because they always find a starting point in personal experience.

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