Stereotypes Transcended: The Land’s Lord and The Radiance of the King

  • Sarah L. Milbury-Steen

Abstract

T. Obinkaram Echewa and Camara Laye have created Europeans who move beyond stereotypes and serve as major characters in their outstanding novels: The Land’s Lord (1976) and The Radiance of the King (1954).

Keywords

Burning Europe Coherence Assimilation Expense 

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Notes

  1. 1.
    English-speaking Union of America as quoted in John Updike, ‘African Accents’, New Yorker (16 May 1977), p. 146.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    T. Obinkaram Echewa, The Land’s Lord (London: Heinemann Ed. Books Ltd., 1976) p. 49. All subsequent page references will be to this edition, and will follow immediately in the text.Google Scholar
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    For a full-length study of the Kafkaesque elements in The Radiance of the King, see Patricia Anne Deduck, ‘Franz Kafka’s Influence on Camara Laye’s Le Regard du Roi (thesis, Indiana Univ., 1970);Google Scholar
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    and J. M. Ita, ‘Laye’s Radiance of the King and Kafka’s Castle’, Odu, n.s., No. 4 (Oct. 1970) pp. 18–45.Google Scholar
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    Camara Laye, ‘Kafka et moi’, in Camara Laye: écrivain guinéen by Monique and Simon Battestini (Paris: Fernand Nathan, Editeur, 1964) p. 37. Trans. is mine.Google Scholar
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    A. C. Brench, The, Novelists’ Inheritance in French Africa: Writers from Senegal to Cameroon (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1967) p. 121; Larson, p. 174;Google Scholar
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    Austin J. Shelton, ‘Cultural Reversal as a Motif of Protest by Laye and Dadié’, L’Esprit créateur, vol. x, no. 3 (Fall 1970) p. 216.Google Scholar
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    Camara Laye, The Radiance of the King, trans. by James Kirkup (Glasgow: Fontana/Collins, 1975) p. 63. All subsequent page references will be to this edition, and will follow immediately in the text.Google Scholar
  9. 8.
    Eustace Palmer, An Introduction to the African Novel (New York: Africana Pub. Corp., 1972) p. 112.Google Scholar
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    A. C. Brench, ‘Camara Laye: Idealist & Mystic’, African Literature Today, No. 2 (January 1969) p. 23.Google Scholar
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    Harold Scheub, ‘Symbolism in Camara Laye’s Le Regard du Roi’, Ba Shim, vol. i, no. 1 (Spring 1970) p. 35.Google Scholar

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© Sarah L. Milbury-Steen 1980

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