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    The spectacle of Marie NDiaye’s trois femmes puissantes

    Asibong, Andrew (2013) The spectacle of Marie NDiaye’s trois femmes puissantes. Australian Journal of French Studies 50 (3), pp. 385-398. ISSN 0004-9468.

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    This article interrogates the bizarre disjunction between the loosely-linked tales of Marie NDiaye's 2009 bestseller Trois femmes puissantes and the manner in which they have been marketed as a single, coherent, realistic novel about "strong African women". This deformation by the market has made NDiaye's previously more complex and oblique - but less economically viable - evocations of racialized "difference" somehow culturally digestible. Trois femmes puissantes, by being spectacularly hung on a largely imaginary hook named "Africa", lends itself to a cliché-ridden, neo-colonialist discourse, and is accordingly misrepresented, exoticized and commodified at every turn. Any genuine puissance the text itself might wield has been neutralized, sucked dry, and "dumbed down" by the powerful machine that is the Debordian "spectacle" of capitalist hegemony.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed), Aesthetics of Kinship and Community, Birkbeck Research in (BRAKC)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2014 10:15
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:19


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