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The Resource Perceiving pain in African literature, Zoë Norridge, lecturer in English and comparative literature, King's College London, UK, (electronic book)

Perceiving pain in African literature, Zoë Norridge, lecturer in English and comparative literature, King's College London, UK, (electronic book)

Label
Perceiving pain in African literature
Title
Perceiving pain in African literature
Statement of responsibility
Zoë Norridge, lecturer in English and comparative literature, King's College London, UK
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Why do African writers choose to describe pain in their novels, memoirs and travelogues? What purpose could such descriptions serve? And do they fall into the danger of simply re-confirming negative stereotypes about Africa as an inevitably pained continent? "Perceiving Pain in African Literature" argues that the literary text has a particular role to play in contesting and re-working the personal, social and political meanings of pain. Drawing on fiction and life-writing published in English and French over the last forty years, this book explores the complexities of literature's invitation to imagine pain. Themes such as pain and meaning, literature as testimony, conflict writing, genocide and human rights are explored in relation to primary texts from West Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Southern Africa. Authors including Yvonne Vera, J.M. Coetzee, Ahmadou Kourouma, Veronique Tadjo and Aminatta Forna are discussed alongside theoretical insights from medical anthropology, cultural theory, postcolonial studies and global literature
  • "Why do African writers choose to describe pain in their novels, memoirs and travelogues? What purpose could such descriptions serve? And do they fall into the danger of simply re-confirming negative stereotypes about Africa as an inevitably pained continent? Perceiving Pain in African Literature argues that the literary text has a particular role to play in contesting and re-working the personal, social and political meanings of pain. Drawing on fiction and life-writing published in English and French over the last forty years, this book explores the complexities of literature's invitation to imagine pain. Themes such as pain and meaning, literature as testimony, conflict writing, genocide and human rights are explored in relation to primary texts from West Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Southern Africa. Authors including Yvonne Vera, J.M. Coetzee, Ahmadou Kourouma, Véronique Tadjo and Aminatta Forna are discussed alongside theoretical insights from medical anthropology, cultural theory, postcolonial studies and global literature"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
UKPGM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Norridge, Zoë
Dewey number
820.9/96
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9340.5
LC item number
.N67 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African fiction (English)
  • Pain in literature
  • African fiction (French)
  • Postcolonialism
  • African fiction (English)
  • African fiction (French)
  • Pain in literature
  • Postcolonialism
Label
Perceiving pain in African literature, Zoë Norridge, lecturer in English and comparative literature, King's College London, UK, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Pain, Literature and the Personal -- Painful Encounters in Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins -- Between Minds and Bodies : the Location of Pain and Racial Trauma in Works by Bessie Head and J.M. Coetzee -- Women's Pains and the Creation of Meaning in Francophone Narratives from West Africa -- Writing around Pain : Personal Testimonies from Rwanda by African Writers -- Responding to Pain, from Healing to Human Rights: Aminatta Forna, Antjie Krog and James Orbinski -- Epilogue: Literature and the Place of Pain -- Works Cited -- Index
Control code
SPR822224224
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781137292056
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Perceiving pain in African literature, Zoë Norridge, lecturer in English and comparative literature, King's College London, UK, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Pain, Literature and the Personal -- Painful Encounters in Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins -- Between Minds and Bodies : the Location of Pain and Racial Trauma in Works by Bessie Head and J.M. Coetzee -- Women's Pains and the Creation of Meaning in Francophone Narratives from West Africa -- Writing around Pain : Personal Testimonies from Rwanda by African Writers -- Responding to Pain, from Healing to Human Rights: Aminatta Forna, Antjie Krog and James Orbinski -- Epilogue: Literature and the Place of Pain -- Works Cited -- Index
Control code
SPR822224224
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781137292056
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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