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Fictions of African Dictatorship

Cultural Representations of Postcolonial Power


Edited By Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson

Fictions of African Dictatorship examines the fictional representation of the African dictator and the performance of dictatorship across genres. The volume includes contributions focusing on literature, theatre and film, all of which examine the relationship between the fictional and the political. Among the questions the contributors ask: what are the implications of reading a novel for its historical content or accuracy? How does the dictator novel interrogate ideas of veracity? How is power performed and ridiculed? How do different writers reflect on questions of authority in the postcolony, and what are the effects on their stories and modes of narration? This volume untangles some of the intricate workings of dictatorial power in the postcolony, through twelve close readings of works of fiction. It interrogates the intersections between real and literary space, exploring censorship, political critique and creative resistance. Insights into a wide range of lesser known texts and contexts make this volume an original and insightful contribution to scholarship on representations of dictatorship.

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Names: Baker, Charlotte, 1976- editor. | Grayson, Hannah, editor.

Title: Fictions of African dictatorship : cultural representations of

   postcolonial power / Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson.

Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2018. | Includes bibliographical

    references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018009167 | ISBN 9781787076815 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: African literature--20th century--History and criticism. |

    Dictators in literature. | Dictators--Africa.

Classification: LCC PL8010 .F449 2018 | DDC 809.896--dc23 LC record available at

Classification: LCC PR878.I49 D38 2017 | DDC 823/.80936--dc23 LC record available at

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Cover image: Commemorative wraps (pagnes) printed on wax fabric in the 1960s depicting Ahmed Sekou Touré. Made in England for the Guinean market. Courtesy of Thomas Miles. The fabric exemplifies the reproduction of authoritarian imagery critiqued by Achille Mbembe and discussed in Part I of this volume.

Cover design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg

ISBN 2297-2552   • DOI 10.3726/b11381

ISBN 978-1-78707-681-5 (print)   • ISBN 978-1-78707-682-2 (ePDF)

ISBN 978-1-78707-683-9 (ePub)   • ISBN 978-1-78707-684-6 (mobi)

Open Access: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution

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© Peter Lang AG 2018

Published by Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publishers,

52 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU, United Kingdom,

Charlotte Baker and Hannah Grayson have asserted their right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988, to be identified as Editors of this Work.

This publication has been peer reviewed.