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Patrick Crowley and Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317453

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317187

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Writing Against Genocide: Genres of Opposition in Narratives from and about Rwanda

Writing Against Genocide: Genres of Opposition in Narratives from and about Rwanda

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(p.240) Writing Against Genocide: Genres of Opposition in Narratives from and about Rwanda
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Postcolonial Poetics
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Zoë Norridge

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317187.015

Over the last sixteen years, an enormous range of texts has been published in response to the genocide. Such publications focus on the sequence of events, historical context, and extracts from eye-witness accounts. This concern with the historiography of genocide is shared to a large extent by many of the more literary responses to the violence in 1994. Such responses include both personal accounts written by visiting journalists and collections of testimony. This chapter presents a reading of such texts alongside a range of memoirs authored by: survivors themselves; visitors present in Rwanda during the genocide; and visitors who travelled to Rwanda for professional reasons after the genocide. These can also be compared with novels written by Rwandans and visitors. For all these texts a sensitivity to aesthetics is a central concern, distinguishing them from other more ‘academic’ forms of writing.

Keywords:   Rwanda, genocide, historiography, personal accounts, memoirs, journalists, aesthetics

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