Reversing perverted development: magical realism in Moses, Citizen & Me

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

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Title Reversing perverted development: magical realism in Moses, Citizen & Me
 
Creator Addei, Cecilia
 
Subject child soldiers
reverse development
magical realism
Moses Citizen & Me
 
Description This paper focuses on reimagining the developmental process of the child soldier who has developed abnormally into adulthood and bringing him back into normal childhood. In particular, it considers how the attention of Delia Jarrett-Macauley’s novel, Moses, Citizen & Me (2005) is directed at restoring the childhood of the child soldier. The novel achieves this aim through employing creative narrative techniques to take the monstrous adult that the child has become, through a reverse-development, back to childhood from which the child may be re-educated and re-formed. The novel thus represents how the child soldier whose experience has turned him into some kind of ‘monster’ may be restored to humanity. The paper argues that magical realism in Moses, Citizen & Me encompasses a therapeutic tendency that represents a form of healing for child soldiers. 
 
Publisher Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association
 
Date 2019-10-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/5398
10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i2.5398
 
Source Tydskrif vir Letterkunde; Vol 56 No 2 (2019); 67-75
2309-9070
0041-476X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/5398/9206
 
Coverage Ghana
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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