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The Broken VoiceReading Post-Holocaust Literature$
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Robert Eaglestone

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778363.001.0001

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Disorientalism Today

Disorientalism Today

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The Broken Voice

Robert Eaglestone

Oxford University Press

While Chapter 4 explored the benefits of using ideas from Holocaust studies to analyse a novella about a colonial genocide, this chapter analyses the risks involved in such a process. Looking at a range of texts from the 1990s to the 2010s about genocide and atrocity in Africa, and drawing on postcolonial scholarship, it suggests that there are ambiguous limitations in using the ideas taken from our readings of the literature of the Holocaust, widely defined, to understand accounts of the Rwandan genocide and other atrocities in Africa and begins to advance some concepts for reading these other accounts of genocide. The authors evaluated include, amongst others, Ishmael Beah, Gil Courtemanche, David Eggers, Uzodinma Iweala, and Paul Rusesabagina.

Keywords:   postcolonial studies, Africa, Rwanda, trauma, Ishmael Beah, David Eggers, Uzodinma Iweala, Paul Rusesabagina, Holocaust, genocide

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