Identité, langues et savoirs dans Riwan ou le chemin de sable de Ken Bugul

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Title Identité, langues et savoirs dans Riwan ou le chemin de sable de Ken Bugul
Identité, langues et savoirs dans Riwan ou le chemin de sable de Ken Bugul
 
Creator Fopa Kuete, Roger
 
Subject Ken Bugul
Riwan ou le chemin de sable
identity
language
socioculture
 
Description The present paper, which draws its analytic and hermeneutic postulates from the Michel Pierssen’s notion of the epistemocritic, intends to study the mechanisms of the renegotiation of identity in Ken Bugul’s Riwan ou le chemin de sable. The narrator’s decision to return to her native land results from her frustration with discrimination as well as from the fear of losing herself. The study considers that the return to native land is not a withdrawal to one’s identity but a kind of poetizing of one of many various ways of life found within contemporary Senegalese society. The paper explores different forms of representation in cultural Senegalese knowledge through the perspectives of savoir-faire (knowledge of how to behave) and savoir-dire (knowledge of how to express) which take into account taboo and cultural interdict. These articulations of traditional knowledge appear as signs of the reinstatement of the narrator in her socioculture (Dassi 2008), which Dumont (1994) also calls culture dispersé (scattered culture) and form the keys of her reconnection with its origins and of the reconstruction of her identity.
This paper, which draws its analytic and hermeneutic postulate from epistemocriticism, studies the mechanism of renegotiation of identity in Ken Bugul’s Riwan ou le chemin de sable (Riwan, or the Sandy Path). It demonstrates that the narrator decides to return to her native land because she is afraid of losing connection with herself. The study analyses the return to native land not as a withdrawal to one’s identity but as a kind of poetizing of one of many various ways of life found within contemporary Senegalese society. The paper explores different forms of representation in cultural Senegalese knowledge through the perspectives of savoir-être (knowledge of how to behave) and savoir-dire (knowledge of how to express) which take into account taboo and customary rituals. These articulations of traditional knowledge are the keys from which the narrator reconnects with her origins and thus manages to reconstruct her ethnic identity.
 
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/5427
10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.56i2.5427
 
Source Tydskrif vir Letterkunde; Vol 56 No 2 (2019); 46-53
2309-9070
0041-476X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/5427/9207
 
Coverage Postdoctoral Fellow At the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After the Postdoc, he will join his position of Lecturer at The University of Maroua.
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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