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The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the Overcoming of Betrayal

The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the... The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the Overcoming of Betrayal Donald R. Wehrs The Comparatist, Volume 25, May 2001, pp. 22-49 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2001.0027 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415325/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:24 GMT from JHU Libraries THE SITE OF WESTERN MODERNISM IN POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN IDENTITY: NANGA, GIDE, KRISTEVA, AND THE OVERCOMING OF BETRAYAL Donald R. Wehrs Bernard Nanga's 1984 Cameroonian novel La Trahison de Marianne describes an African student's disülusionment with a France he has idealized from afar. As a schoolboy in colonial Africa, the protagonist- narrator had identified France with "Marianne," the figure on the franc, the feminized emblem of Western humanistic republicanism, and had structured his own identity around desire for Marianne, that is, desire for a fictive Other anchoring a symboUc order. La Trahison de Marianne describes how the narrator, as a university student in provincial France, encounters not the ideal unknown country Marianne seemed to promise, but an impersonal, mechanistic society marked by unthinking, pervasive racism; in doing so, the novel evokes the mood and themes of now-canon- ical works recounting the disenchantment of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the Overcoming of Betrayal

The Comparatist , Volume 25 – Oct 3, 2012

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The Site of Western Modernism in Postcolonial African Identity: Nanga, Gide, Kristeva, and the Overcoming of Betrayal Donald R. Wehrs The Comparatist, Volume 25, May 2001, pp. 22-49 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2001.0027 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/415325/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 11:24 GMT from JHU Libraries THE SITE OF WESTERN MODERNISM IN POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN IDENTITY: NANGA, GIDE, KRISTEVA, AND THE OVERCOMING OF BETRAYAL Donald R. Wehrs Bernard Nanga's 1984 Cameroonian novel La Trahison de Marianne describes an African student's disülusionment with a France he has idealized from afar. As a schoolboy in colonial Africa, the protagonist- narrator had identified France with "Marianne," the figure on the franc, the feminized emblem of Western humanistic republicanism, and had structured his own identity around desire for Marianne, that is, desire for a fictive Other anchoring a symboUc order. La Trahison de Marianne describes how the narrator, as a university student in provincial France, encounters not the ideal unknown country Marianne seemed to promise, but an impersonal, mechanistic society marked by unthinking, pervasive racism; in doing so, the novel evokes the mood and themes of now-canon- ical works recounting the disenchantment of

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