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Beyond human-centredness: An ocean-centred reading of Celles qui attendent (Fatou Diome), Le pagne léger and Patera (Aïssatou Diamanka-Besland)

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Rohmer, Monika Christine:
Beyond human-centredness: An ocean-centred reading of Celles qui attendent (Fatou Diome), Le pagne léger and Patera (Aïssatou Diamanka-Besland).
ed.: Ahmad, Usman ; Rohmer, Monika Christine
Bayreuth : Institute of African Studies (IAS) , 2023 . - VII, 16 p. - (University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 43 ) (BIGSASworks! 14)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00007391

Official URL: Volltext

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Project financing: Andere

Abstract in another language

This paper engages in an ocean-centred reading of the novels Le pagne léger and Patera by Aïssatou Diamanka-Besland and Celles qui attendent by Fatou Diome. I show how the liminal space of the coast enables the characters to think and imagine beyond restrictions on land, but also to overcome notions of the ocean as either an adversary or a source of income. In the novels, the acknowledgment of the powerful presence of the ocean opens new paths to navigate towards self-determination and rebirth. The novels can inspire us, as readers and researchers, to acknowledge the powerful presence of the ocean in our academic work. I argue that Fatou Diome and Aïssatou Diamanka‐Besland propose to navigate with the ocean, an ally and agent in drafting a ‘blue’ ecocritcism.

Abstract in another language

Cet article propose une lecture centrée sur l'océan des romans Le pagne léger et Patera d'Aïssatou Diamanka-Besland et Celles qui attendent de Fatou Diome. Je montre comment l'espace liminal de la côte permet aux personnages de penser et d'imaginer au-delà des restrictions terrestres, mais aussi de dépasser les notions d'océan comme adversaire ou source de revenus. Dans les romans, la reconnaissance de la puissante présence de l'océan ouvre de nouvelles voies vers l'autodétermination et la renaissance. Les romans peuvent nous inspirer, en tant que lecteurs et chercheurs, à reconnaître la présence puissante de l'océan dans nos travaux universitaires. Je soutiens que Fatou Diome et Aïssatou Diamanka-Besland proposent de naviguer avec l'océan, un allié et un agent dans l'élaboration d'un écocritcisme "bleu".

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Item Type: Working paper, discussion paper
Keywords: ocean; ecocriticism; Franco-Senegalese writers; blue humanities
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Former Professors > Chair African Studies II - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dymitr Ibriszimow
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African and Afrophone Philosophies
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair African and Afrophone Philosophies > Chair African and Afrophone Philosophies - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alena Rettová
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Former Professors
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric, criticism
800 Literature > 840 French and related literatures
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2024 22:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2024 06:33
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/88997