The Postcolonial Epic of the Voiceless: Epic Project, Silencing and Narration in Frankétienne, Raharimanana and Roland Rugero

  • Giuseppe Sofo Université d'Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse Università di Roma La Sapienza

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This article investigates the possibility of postcolonial contemporary narratives of inventing the epic to come, and becoming the new manifestation of the “epic project”, the immortal tendency of literature of representing the challenges a community has to face through the individual quest of a hero. If the epic poem was a verse narrative about a very recognizable hero, mostly in between a human being and a divine being, referring to a national heroic past, and the modern novel was a prose narrative about a new kind of hero, the common individual who uses his own abilities to improve his life in the present, what the postcolonial contemporary epic offers is an irregular prose narrative which focuses on a subaltern hero, whose epic struggle is against the limits imposed upon him by a society which disregards him and his right of being represented, to achieve something in and for the future.

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2017-06-13
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SOFO, Giuseppe. The Postcolonial Epic of the Voiceless: Epic Project, Silencing and Narration in Frankétienne, Raharimanana and Roland Rugero. Revue critique de fixxion française contemporaine, [S.l.], n. 14, p. 24-37, juin 2017. ISSN 2033-7019. ##plugins.citationFormats.abnt.retrieved##
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Etudes

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epic; novel; postcolonial; voicelessness; subaltern