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Postdemocracy and Literature in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa
November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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This presentation explores the sociopolitical changes taking place in Sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990s using examples from Francophone Sub-Saharan African literature. Mamah calls this era “postdemocratic,” rather than “democratic,” since the vaunted promises of democracy have not been implemented: civil wars, poverty, and massive population displacements have resulted from regimes calling themselves democratic. Drawing on the novel Temps de chien [Raining Cats and Dogs] (2003) by Patrice Nganang, Mamah shows that fiction and reality are not enclosed universes isolated from each other and that the precariousness of life, social injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power by the current Francophone African leaders are illustrative of postdemocracy. This talk will be in English.
Abou-Bakar Mamah is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and affiliated with the Africana Studies Major at Rhodes College. His work focuses on sociopolitical change in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, Afropolitanism, a new cosmopolitan African identity, Afrofuturism, an idealization of a new Africa, and migration. His novel, Une douloureuse espérance, was published by iUniverse in 2012. He has published articles in journals including The French Review, Chimères, and Ethiopiques and a book chapter in Littérature et politique en Afrique: approche transdisciplinaire, published by Editions du Cerf in March 2018.
Students of French are encouraged to attend. Students in FREN 111-232 may count this event toward the Out-of-Class Activities Requirement for their course.