n French Studies in Southern Africa - Alain Mabanckou : entre Diderot et Sartre
|Article Title||Alain Mabanckou : entre Diderot et Sartre|
|© Publisher:||Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA)|
|Journal||French Studies in Southern Africa|
|Author||Annabelle Marie and Jean-Louis Cornille|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||142 - 163|
|Keyword(s)||Diderot, Francophone literature, French literature, Literary parasitism, Litterature francaise, Littrature francophone, Parasitisme litteraire and Sartre|
How "postcolonial" is the contemporary francophone novel? How successful is it in its endeavour to free itself from the burden of the past by distancing itself from French literature? If Alain Mabanckou's 2005 novel, Verre Cassé, managed to encounter such a success, it is perhaps in part because of its hidden imitations of French canonic literature. This mimetic writing was already at work in a previous novel, African Psycho (2003), which depicts the efforts made by a small criminal to emulate his glorious model, the famous murderer Angoualima: it is in fact Mabanckou himself trying to emulate some famous French writers. But is this literary parasitism a joyous subversion of existing codes or merely a clever marketing ploy?
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