n French Studies in Southern Africa - Intertextualité et visages de l'Afrique : continent noir et mythes telluriques chez J. Minne et D. Kadima-Nzuji

Volume 2007, Issue 37
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



A close reading of Jules Minne's and Dieudonné Kadima-Nzuji's reveals a certain number of similar formal elements, which allows an intertextual study. At first sight, these various indices seem scattered, however they relate to two main topics. The first is concerned with the essence of poetry and the second to a mythical representation of Africa. If the Belgian and the Congolese poet agree on the idea of poetic creativity, the aspects of the African continent they give are located at opposite extremes. This article will show that Kadima-Nzuji rewrote segments of Minne's verses from an anticolonial perspective, transforming thus the original images into a more intimate figure, inspirated by patriotic feelings.

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