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Protected: P. McElhinny Final Paper

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Protected: Paul McElhinny Rough Draft

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Césaire and Aidoo

Aimé Césaire speaks to the violent relationship between Europe and its former colonies in his famed Discourse on Colonialism. Equivocating its existence for centuries, he laments the gap in scholarship, which places great emphasis on the bloodshed surrounding the Second … Continue reading

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The African Slave in the Western and African Novel

The most defining event in recent West African history came with initial European contact and the beginning of the slave trade. According to Michael Rothberg and David Scott, being free from the confines of overt political and historical discourses, literature … Continue reading

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Glissant — Poetics of Relation

Here is the reading for tomorrow, in case anyone didn’t already have it. Glissant_Poetics of Relation

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Mengestu and the Immigrant Experience

In The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu tracks the American immigrant experience through the lives of three characters: Sepha, Joseph and Kenneth. Each of them looks back on Africa in a different way encompassing feelings of longing, disillusionment … Continue reading

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The Slave Trade and its portrayal in the African and Western Novel

Primary Texts: Schwartz-Bart, André, translated by Ralph Manheim. A Woman Named Solitude. Atheneum: New York, 1973. Tutoal, Amos. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Grove Press: New York, 1994. I will examine Amos Tutuola’s My Life in the Bush … Continue reading

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