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"Reading Nara's Diary" in Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

"Reading Nara's Diary" in Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

V. Y. Mudimbe’s The Rift attempts to engage
with the dilemma of postcolonial intellectuals re-using the discourse of
colonial history and identity in order to write postcolonialism into
existence. In her discussion of the novel, Marie-Anne Visoi focuses on an
example of what happens when the reader is confronted with unfamiliar
cultural norms. The presence of the implied author in the preface, the
fragmentary character of the narrative which takes the form of a diary, the
literary allusions, quotes and notes are all part of the deluding strategies
used to upset the reader’s expectations of genre, but also to critique the
postcolonial archive and question the role of contemporary intellectuals in
relation to it.(Madelena Gonzalez)

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