n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le choc des imaginaires dans d'Ahmadou Kourouma et d'Alhassane Ag Baille

Volume 2014, Issue 44
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



With regard to situations of intercultural contact the literature of Sub-Saharan francophone Africa embodies imaginaries that are both symbiotic and disjunctive. Its representation of the encounter between cultural identities draws on their respective characteristics highlighting discords and discrepancies. The present article shows how, in Ahmadou Kourouma's and Alhassane Ag Baille's , the logic of identity of the Nation-State and ethnicity is being confronted. The mimesis of identity gains in richness and complexity through the exploitation of the symbolism of identity papers and the totemic. The article analyses the reception of these symbols of identity in the two novels and how they come to transcend conceptions of identity founded on notions of the Republic or Nation-State.

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