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Francophone Afropean Literatures$
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Nicki Hitchcott and Dominic Thomas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380345

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380345.001.0001

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Afropean Masculinities as bricolage

Afropean Masculinities as bricolage

(p.155) Afropean Masculinities as bricolage
Francophone Afropean Literatures

Ayo A. Coly

Liverpool University Press

This chapter teases out how and why masculinity has been operating as a key discursive site for Francophone African writers in France. The novels of Alain Mabanckou, Sami Tchak, and Léonora Miano provide the primary focus in order to examine how their masculine subjects juggle and rewrite the categories of Africanness, Blackness, and Europeanness. The Afropean masculine protagonists in the selected novels reveal the three writers’ imaginings of a Black African citizenry in France and the gender politics of such a citizenry. In examining these constructions of masculinity in the Afropean novel, the chapter uses the proactive notion of “bricolage” (as retheorized by John and Jean Comaroff), as opposed to the more canonical theoretical paradigm of hybridity, to describe Afropean practices of identity.

Keywords:   masculinity, bricolage, Afropean literature, Race, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano, Sami Tchak

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