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Deconstruction and the PostcolonialAt the Limits of Theory$
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Michael Syrotinski

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310560

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312922

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Violence and writing in the African postcolony: Achille Mbembe and Sony Labou Tansi

Violence and writing in the African postcolony: Achille Mbembe and Sony Labou Tansi

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(p.98) Chapter 6 Violence and writing in the African postcolony: Achille Mbembe and Sony Labou Tansi
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Deconstruction and the Postcolonial
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312922.007

This chapter reflects on the meaning of Achille Mbembe's claim that his project is an attempt to ‘write Africa’. It presents a reading of the early autobiographical essay, ‘Écrire l'Afrique à partir d'une faille’ in relation to the work of the late Congolese writer Sony Labou Tansi, who is a major literary point of reference for Mbembe.

Keywords:   write, Africa, autobiographical essay, Écrire l'Afrique, Sony Labou Tansi

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