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Exile in Our Sister Killjoy

All of our readings this week have addressed travel in some way, be it Sissie’s journey to Europe, or the notion of exile presented in both Wilentz and Sterling. Wilentz explores Our Sister Killjoy as a rebuttal of exile as … Continue reading

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Poetic Meaning in Our Sister Killjoy

Perhaps the most striking feature of Aidoo’s style in Our Sister Killjoy is the elegant, almost seamless combination of prose and poetry throughout the text. What seems unique about Aidoo’s use of prose-poetry is how these two literary forms are … Continue reading

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Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy

Ama Ata Aidoo’s restless, relentless critique of the Western and even of African nations she encounters is replete with a cynicism and a loving desire.  Having read Killjoy now, for the first time, I think I would put it on … Continue reading

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Killjoy

In Our Sister Killjoy, brilliant Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo’s protagonist’s train of thought is to be followed like certain danse de salon are to be danced : swaying, left-right-left; past-present-future; Africa-Europe-Africa anew; Africans, Africans-in Europe; Europeans- in Africa. Sissie’s critical … Continue reading

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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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Poetic Personal and Prosaic Public

I was intrigued by the form of Our Sister Killjoy. As I read, I was trying to parse through why some of the narrative was written in prose, and why some was written in poetry. Often the poetry sections delve … Continue reading

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