‘More than just a genocide country’: recuperating Rwanda in the writings of Scholastique Mukasonga

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Abstract

How can we write fiction about 21st-century Rwanda? This article analyses the writing trajectory of the most successful Rwandan writer, Scholastique Mukasonga. Through close analysis of her published works, it traces a literary passage from mourning to recuperation. It also examines the interaction between Mukasonga’s most recent fictional texts (a second novel and a second collection of short stories) and the series of digitized artefacts presented on her website. Combining a postcolonial framework with insights from clinical and political psychology, the article shows how Mukasonga’s most recent writing encourages us to think about Rwanda differently, and suggests a new way of reading literary responses to the 1994 genocide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-149
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Romance Studies
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Scholastique Mukasonga
  • Recuperation
  • Mourning
  • Fiction
  • Genocide

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