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AutochthonomiesTransnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora$
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Myriam J. A. Chancy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043048

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.001.0001

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Autochthonomous Transfigurations of Race and Gender in Twenty-First-Century Transnational Genocide Testimonial Narratives

Autochthonomous Transfigurations of Race and Gender in Twenty-First-Century Transnational Genocide Testimonial Narratives

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Autochthonomies
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Myriam J. A. Chancy

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.003.0003

This chapter explores depictions and representations of the genocide of Rwanda in order to examine how “autochthonomy” and “lakou consciousness” make themselves manifest in global/transnational contexts. What each of the representations reveals is a partial exposure of a silence that appears to be symptomatic of trauma. The chapter relies on Pierre Bourdieu’s twin-concepts of the “unthinkable” and “unnameable” and how these concepts might be of further use in understanding the representation of the implicit “silence” of trauma. The chapter ultimately argues that artists who consciously emulate African Diasporic aesthetics in their representations of genocide also engage counter-hegemonic modes of representation that are explicitly and increasingly feminist regardless of the producer’s gender identity.

Keywords:   Trauma, Rwandan genocide, Unthinkable, Unnameable, (in)imaginable, Raoul Peck, Silence, graphic novels, Pierre Bourdieu, gender

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