Writing Dystopia, Thinking Generational Impact: A Critical Reading of African War Narratives


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Department of English


Scholarly works on African fiction continue to focus the socio-economic disenchantment, poor leadership and the corroded cultural values that stem from colonial encounters, while less attention is given specifically to war narratives and resultant dystopias in African fiction. This trope of fiction captures wars and their effects on post-independent African societies. This research therefore investigates dystopian condition as captured in African novels. Six texts were purposefully selected from the geo-political spread of the continent, including Saah Millimono’s Boy Interrupted, Akachi Ezeigbo’s Roses and Bullets, Veronique Tadjo’s The Shadow of Imana, Tayeb Saleh’s Season of Migration to the North, Leila Aboulela’s Minaret and Jon White’sWaiting for the Mango Rains, for in-depth analysis. With Psychoanalytical and trauma theories, this study interrogates the tension, pain, traumatizing memory that ooze out from the select texts as a project of charting intellectual pathway to mediating war and post-war han