Chapter 5 Cultural Transfer and Intertextuality: Yambo Ouologuem and the Dynamics of Literary and Cultural Rewriting in the (Post)Colonial African Context

In: Cultural Transfer Reconsidered
Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink
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This contribution deals with the relationship between the concepts and critical practices of cultural transfers and intertextuality, beginning at the theoretical level by offering definitions of these critical ideas and articulating their specifically methodological interrelationship. The three following parts of the article concern their conceptual interweaving and their related methodological issues through the example of postcolonial literature(s), with a specific focus on the paradigmatic case of Malian novelist Yambo Ouologuem’s work Le Devoir de violence (‘Bound to violence’, 1968). Taking into consideration a multiplicity of texts stemming from disparate cultural contexts, this contribution points out how intertextuality in sub-Saharan African literatures reveals and illustrates creative practices that can be understood as direct consequences of the processes of cultural transfer.

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Cultural Transfer Reconsidered

Transnational Perspectives, Translation Processes, Scandinavian and Postcolonial Challenges

Series:  Approaches to Translation Studies, Volume: 47


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