TRAUMATIC MEMORY IN AFAM OKEREKE’S L’AMOUR EN CRISE

AUTHOR: ADESUYAN BANKOLE ISAAC

Political Science/International Relations Department,

Achievers University Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria.

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 2017

Abstract

The continent of Africa has been highly susceptible to intra and inter-state wars and conflicts. This has prompted the insinuation that Africa is the home of wars and instability. The consistent rift on the African continent has over the years attracted the view of scholars from various disciplines. This work used the Ivoirian civil war of 1999 as a case study. A filmic point of view will be employed in examining how traumatic memory brings about “irrational” changes in the attitude of survivors of war in Africa. In reaching its goal, this work takes Afam Okereke’s L’amour en Crise as a case study by standing on Trauma and Freudian psychoanalytic literary theories, while it depends on French explication de texte as its methodology. The work concludes by asserting that, traumatic memory has the capacity of making its victim lose sense of self and governing (his/her) behaviour in a seemingly irrational manner (in spite of him/her).

Key words: Traumatic Memory, Conflict, Africa, War, Psychoanalysis.

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