Where prolixity is art:understanding the Francophone African novels of Ahmadou Kourouma

Adhikari, Foara (2015) Where prolixity is art:understanding the Francophone African novels of Ahmadou Kourouma. Bakhtiniana. Revista de Estudos do Discurso, 10 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 2176-4573

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Abstract

Understanding the fiction of the West African Ivorian writer, Ahmadou Kourouma has remained a challenge to critics primarily due to his powerful use of African rhythm, register and lexicon to create a new French through Malinke, his mother tongue. Although language is central to the understanding of Francophone literature, the classical approach has consisted in narrowly focusing on language from a linguistic point of view. Arguing that literary criticism limited to the isolated meditation on textual or contextual parameters ignores the creative dimension of art in the novel, this paper attempts to adopt Bakhtin's poetics of the dialogical to Kourouma's novel, Allah is Not Obliged, to understand the living principle (of dialogic threads) that animates and binds the entire work.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Bakhtiniana. Revista de Estudos do Discurso
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 76395
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2015 15:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 09:27
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/76395

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