n Latin American Report - Not "equally post-colonial"? Narrative convergence and postcolonial realities in Latin American and African literature

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



Against the backdrop of the understanding that postcolonial nations are not equally so, this paper reexamines the claim while privileging the predisposition towards magical realism in Latin American and African texts. I argue that in spite of the difference in space and time, the commonality of colonial experience and the natural tendency of resistance in the two postcolonial spaces negate the absolutism of difference. This paper drives home its point by drawing substantial parallels between the Latin American fiction and African literary texts, especially those notable for their magical texture, based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967).

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