Véronique Tadjo: Is there hope beyond the divisions in contemporary Africa?





Véronique Tadjo, Francophone women's writing, Social divisions within a nation


This article proposes a reading of three texts The Blind Kingdom (1990), Queen Pokou. Concerto for a sacrifice (2004) and Far from my Father (2010) written by the Ivorian author Véronique Tadjo, in order to examine the author's representation of, and reflexion on separation and division, be it within a nation, amongst groups, or in the heart of a family. In Tadjo's novelistic universe, such divisions often require the intervention of a female protagonist, whose own existence is deeply influenced by tensions and frictions between two opposing camps. I shall argue that the agency of these protagonists is never futile and may even point to a way to go beyond the original divisions. Tadjo's representation of division in these three texts goes beyond generic boundaries to open up a rich variety of perspectives on the problems she deals with. I shall demonstrate how the author draws on various genres such as poetry, the African folktale, the novel, as well as autofiction in order to engage the reader in a profound reflexion on the current state and future of the African continent.


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Author Biography

Elisabeth Snyman, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus

Elisabeth Snyman is a retired Professor in French who works as a researcher at the School of Languages of the North-West University, Potchefstroom.


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How to Cite

Snyman, E. (2018). Véronique Tadjo: Is there hope beyond the divisions in contemporary Africa?. Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde, 55(1), 18–27. https://doi.org/10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i1.1646



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