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Fictions of African Dictatorship: Cultural Representations of Postcolonial Power

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Publication date2019
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages262
ISBN (Print)9781787076815
Original languageEnglish
EventWriting for Liberty_ Lancaster University - Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 17/04/201518/04/2015

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NameRace and Resistance across Borders in the long Twentieth Century
PublisherPeter Lang

Abstract

Fictions of Dictatorship examines the fictional representation of the African dictator and the performance of dictatorship across genres. The volume includes contributions focusing on literature, theatre and film, all of which examine the relationship between the fictional and the political. Among the questions the contributors ask: what are the implications of reading a novel for its historical content or accuracy? How does the dictator novel interrogate ideas of veracity? How is power performed and ridiculed? How do different writers reflect on questions of authority in the postcolony and what are the effects on their stories and modes of narration? This volume untangles some of the intricate workings of dictatorial power in the postcolony, through twelve close readings of works of fiction. It interrogates the intersections between real and literary space, exploring censorship, political critique and creative resistance. Insights into a wide range of lesser known texts and contexts make this volume an original and insightful contribution to scholarship on representations of dictatorship.