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Dr Zohra Mehellou

Research student

Thesis Title

Fathers and Sons: Cultural Transition in the 20th Century West African and African American Novel.

Current Research

My current research focuses on the cultural transition that African and African-American communities went through at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the thesis, I analyse the novels that had been published during the first five decades of the century, mainly before the independence movement in Africa and pre-Civil Rights Movement in the USA. 

Through the study, I focus on the father-son relationship from a psychoanalytic, political, and social perspectives as a reflection of the cultural changes, and how these changes have influenced the understanding of identity. Also, I am interested in the different binaries of the studied period, such as; tradition/modernity and collectivity/individuality.


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