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Memories of Violence in Peru and the Congo : Writing on the Brink

Title data

Ndi, Gilbert Shang:
Memories of Violence in Peru and the Congo : Writing on the Brink.
London ; New York : Routledge , 2021 . - 239 p. - (Routledge African Studies )
ISBN 978-0-367-74503-5
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003158202

Official URL: Volltext

Project information

Project financing: Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung

Abstract in another language

Examining a variety of novels that offer insightful representations of violence in their respective historical settings, the author argues that similar historical experiences between Latin America and Africa engender ethical/aesthetic responses and enhance trans-continental critical dialogues in comparative literary studies. In the same way that the drama of the Congo has become the symbolic open wound of (post)colonial dispensation in Africa, Spanish conquest in Latin America also produced spaces where the legacy of colonialism is strongly visible and memorable, providing fertile ground for the reproduction of violence. This book explores the concept and reality of violence beyond its most obvious manifestations, demonstrating how in the colonial contexts of Peru and the Congo, violence was a function of (post)colonial power dynamics and deeply engrained socio-political, economic and cultural ordering and othering. From this perspective, the work considers and re-examines theoretical contributions from authors such as John Galtung, Michel Foucault, Immanuel Wallerstein, Anibal Quijano, Frantz Fanon, Achille Mbembe, Eboussi Boulaga, Pierre Nora, Susan Sontag, Stevan Weine, Cathy Caruth and Nelson Maldonado-Torres.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair Romance Languages and Comparative Literature > Chair Romance Languages and Comparative Literature - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ute Fendler
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 890 Other literatures
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 11:12
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2022 11:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/68589