Despite the fact that many critics consider the Buildungsroman obsolete, the genre is still alive. Many African writers have revised the classical Buildungsroman in order to underscore the conflict of cultures and the complex subjectivities of their characters. By analyzing the discourse on identity in L’Appel des arènes, we understand how Aminata Sow Fall recreates the modalities of enunciation found in African traditional literature while structuringL’Appel des arènes with generic patterns from the Buildungsroman.

Bio Note

Médoune Guèye is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University . His research and teaching interests focus on Francophone literatures and women writers as well as Francophone African cinema. He is the author of Aminata Sow Fall: oralité et société dans l'œuvre romanesque (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2005).

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