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The Francophone African Text

Translation and the Postcolonial Experience


Kwaku A. Gyasi

Focusing on the African writer and the language of the former colonial power, The Francophone African Text: Translation and the Postcolonial Experience highlights the writer’s re-appropriation of the foreign language in the creative writing process. It calls attention to the African writer’s use of French, a process of creative translation in which the writer’s words form a hybrid code that compels the original French to refer to the indigenous African language for meaning. Examining a group of works under the theme of translation, this book reveals that a consideration of both ideological and linguistic elements enhances understanding of the subject from the broader perspective of postcolonial discourse.