This book deals with literary representations of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Its focus is a transnational, polyphonic writing project entitled Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire
(Rwanda: Writing by Duty of Memory
), undertaken in 1998 by a group of nine African authors. Anna-Marie de Beer's study emphasizes the Afropolitan cultural frame in which the texts were conceived. Instead of using Western and Eurocentric tropes, this volume looks at an African conflict situated in a collectivist society and written about by writers of African origin. This approach enables a situated study, in which it becomes possible to draw out local notions of ubuntu
, oral testimonies, mourning traditions, healing and storytelling strategies, and the presence of the ‘invisible'. These texts are written in French and to date not all of them have been translated into English. The book assists in connecting English-speaking readers not only to a set of texts written in French with significant literary and cultural value, but also to francophone trauma studies research.
Dr Anna-Marie de Beer is a senior lecturer in French and francophone studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She was born and grew up in Zimbabwe. Her research interests are the relationship between collective trauma and literature, as well as francophone autobiography and autofiction.