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Fictions of African dictatorship: cultural representations of postcolonial power

Fictions of African dictatorship: cultural representations of postcolonial power

Grayson, Hannah, editor; Baker, Charlotte, 1976- editor

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Electronic books. Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Published New York : Peter Lang 2018

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Statement of responsibility: Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson
ISBN: 1787076822, 9781787076815, 9781787076822
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Subject: Africa.; LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French; African literature 20th century History and criticism.; Dictators.; Dictators in literature.; African literature.; Dictators Africa.


  1. Introduction /Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson
  2. Portrait of a dictator

    1. "Where is our president?" Bekolo's 'Dictator' /Rita Keresztesi
  3. Myth-making/unreality/performance

    1. Creation through inversion: the carnivalesque postcolonial state in the novels of Alain Mabanckou and in Koli Jean Bofane /Eline Kuenen
    2. From ritual to fiction: The wizard of the crow /Maria Muresan
  4. Compromised freedoms

    1. The author and the authoritarian: Gamal al-Ghitani's Al-Zayni Barakat /Alya El Hosseiny
    2. The one who does His Majesty's bidding: censorship and the banality of power in siSwati crime fiction and drama /Kerry Vincent
    3. "My characters, my plots, are under my pen": authority as dictatorship in King-Aribisala's The hangman's game /Madeleine Wilson
  5. Forms of resistance

    1. Figuring the dictator in the Horn of Africa: Nuruddin Farah's dictatorship trilogy and Ahmed Omar Askar's short stories /Fiona Moolla
    2. "Under the lion's gaze": representing female sexuality and power in authoritarian contexts /Asante Lucy Mtenje
    3. Mighty mouth, minor literature? Siad Barre's dictatorship in Italian postcolonial literature /Teresa Solis and Lorenzo Mari.