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The People’s Right to the Novel: War Fiction in the Postcolony

Eleni Coundouriotis


This study examines the war novel in Africa as a case study of the genre, delineating the genre’s features across literary traditions. By examining the war novel in depth, it also complicates our understanding of the novel in African literature more specifically, especially since the war novel remains understudied when compared to the more widely read genre of the African Bildungsroman. Looking beyond the cliché depiction of child soldiers, the book argues that war fiction provides an opportunity to address collective rights and tell the history of the dispossessed. The narration of war reveal ... More

Keywords: War novel, humanitarianism, naturalism, human rights, African literature, child soldiers, women and war, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823262335
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823262335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eleni Coundouriotis, author
University of Connecticut