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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Sharing the Burden of Stories from the Tutsi Genocide

Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire

Authors: deBeer, Anna-Marie

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  • Uses an Afropolitan cultural framework to understand the Rwandan genocide
  • Analyzes works by francophone African writers that have yet to be translated into English
  • Connects anglophone readers to francophone trauma studies research
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This book deals with literary representations of the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. The focus is a transnational, polyphonic writing project entitled ‘Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire’ (Rwanda: Writing by Duty of Memory), undertaken in 1998 by a group of nine African authors. This work emphasizes the Afropolitan cultural frame in which the texts were conceived and written. Instead of using Western and Eurocentric tropes, this volume looks at a so-called ‘minority trauma’: an African conflict situated in a collectivist society and written about by writers from African origin. This approach enables a more situated study, in which it becomes possible to draw out the local notions of ubuntu, oral testimonies, mourning traditions, healing and storytelling strategies, and the presence of the ‘invisible’. As these texts are written in French and to date not all of them have been translated into English, most academic research has been done in French. This book thus assists in connecting English-speaking readers not only to a set of texts written in French with significant literary and cultural value, but also to francophone trauma studies research.

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Dr Anna-Marie de Beer is a senior lecturer in French and francophone studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. Her research interests are the relationship between collective trauma and literature, as well as francophone autobiography and autofiction.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sharing the Burden of Stories from the Tutsi Genocide
Book Subtitle
Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42093-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42093-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42092-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 300
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