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Trauma and Transformation in African Literature

Trauma and Transformation in African Literature

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Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Year 05/10/2020
Pages 192
Version hardback
Readership level College/higher education
ISBN 9781138205239
Categories Literary studies: post-colonial literature, Colonialism & imperialism, Regional geography
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This book fills a gap in the field of contemporary trauma studies by interrogating the relevance of trauma for African literatures. Kurtz argues that a thoughtful application of trauma theory in relation to African literatures is in fact a productive exercise, and furthermore that the benefits of this exercise include not only what it can do for African literature, but also what it can do for trauma studies. He makes the case for understanding trauma healing within the larger project of peacebuilding, with an emphasis on the transformative potential of what he terms the African moral imagination as embodied in the creative work of its writers. He offers readings of selected works by Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chimamanda Adichie, and Nuruddin Farah as case studies for how African literature can influence our understanding of trauma and trauma healing. This will be a valuable volume for those with interests in current trends and developments in trauma studies, African literary studies, postcolonial studies, and memory studies.

Trauma and Transformation in African Literature

Table of contents

Preface


Introduction: Trauma Theory, Going Global


Part I - Trauma and African Literature


Chapter 1: Trauma, the Thorn in the Spirit


Chapter 2: Conceptual Problems in Trauma


Chapter 3: Traumatomimesis and the Moral Imagination


Chapter 4: Trauma and the African Moral Imagination


Part II - Case Studies


Chapter 5: A State of Perpetual Emergency: Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat


Chapter 6: Trauma Tropes in a Nigerian Context: Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus


Chapter 7: The Trauma of Failure: The State and the Individual in Nuruddin Farah's Crossbones


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