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dc.contributor.authorShamba, Mbumburwanza N.en
dc.date2011-06-24 12:43:30.006
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-27T20:42:11Z
dc.date.available2011-06-27T20:42:11Z
dc.date.issued2011-06-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/6579
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, French) -- Queen's University, 2011-06-24 12:43:30.006en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyzes the major theme of ‘postcolonial genealogy’ in portraying the African bending under the weight of colonial history in Le vieux nègre et la médaille, Une vie de boy of Ferdinand Oyono and Le Chercheur d’Afriques of Henri Lopes. Being a product of a colonial Genesis, the African character runs behind the colonizer’s mirror through his Civilizing Mission. René Girard’s ‘double bind’ theory explains how this cultural assimilation is, in Le vieux nègre et la médaille and Une vie de boy, a dead end because the colonizer needs a subordinate and not an equal. The cohabitation of a black housewife with the French Commander in Le Chercheur d’Afriques should be seen as simply an allegory of postcolonial Africa’s dependency on the West. The consequences of the feminization of the African continent are enormous in the post-colonial imaginary. While the colonizer had conquered Africa with his Herculean body, in Oyono’s novels, his Fall is obtained through the aesthetics of Bakhtinian ‘rabaissement’ which degrades his ‘grotesque body’ to that of the colonized. The colonizer and the colonized are neutralized and leveled in their perishable bodies, thus, making futile the Civilizing Mission that operated by ranking races. Power is never total. It is always imperfect, and can never destroy a subjectivity that resists it. In Oyono’s novels, the Fall of the colonial Father is also obtained through the inquisitive gaze that the colonized return back to the colonizer, and through their ‘subversive mimicry’ that parodies his codes. In Une vie de boy and Le Chercheur d’Afriques, the ‘son-Father’ relationship between the hero and the colonial Father, is also symbolic of the ‘Africa-West’ rapports. Living under the specter of the Father, the son has to negotiate his survival between weaning and parricide. The biological miscegenation in Le Chercheur d’Afriques is a metaphor of the ‘rhizome identity’ of the postcolonial African who renounces both the Fathers of Negritude and those of the Civilizing Mission.en
dc.language.isofraen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectFerdinand Oyonoen
dc.subjectPostcolonial Genealogyen
dc.subjectMongo Betien
dc.subjectHenri Lopesen
dc.subjectCerteauen
dc.subjectBhabhaen
dc.subjectChambersen
dc.subjectFanonen
dc.subjectBakhtineen
dc.subjectGirarden
dc.subjectLyotarden
dc.subjectGlissanten
dc.subjectMudimbeen
dc.subjectFreuden
dc.subjectCivilizing Missionen
dc.subjectAfrica Dependency on the Westen
dc.subjectAfrica Feminizationen
dc.subjectthe Fall of the Colonial Fatheren
dc.subjectPostcolonial Mimicryen
dc.subjectNegritudeen
dc.subjectRhizome Identityen
dc.subjectHybridityen
dc.subjectSymbolic Parricideen
dc.subjectPostcolonialism and Patriarchyen
dc.subjectPoweren
dc.subjectImperialismen
dc.subjectCenter vs Marginen
dc.subjectAfrica Black Elite's Cultural Assimilationen
dc.subjectColonial Churchen
dc.subjectColonial Commandanten
dc.subjectNovel Epiphanyen
dc.subjectStockholm Syndrom of the Colonizeden
dc.subjectDefense Mechanismsen
dc.subjectOedipus Complexen
dc.subjectNarcisseen
dc.subjectSymbolic Colonial Cannibalismen
dc.subjectthe Children of the French Colonial Empireen
dc.subjectRace and the Intimate in Colonial Ruleen
dc.subjectBakhtinian Grotesque Bodyen
dc.subjectCarnivalesqueen
dc.titleSous le Spectre du Père: Poétique et Politique de la Dépendance et du Sevrage Dans le Roman Postcolonial Africainen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.contributor.supervisorInkel, Stéphaneen
dc.contributor.departmentFrenchen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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