The Allegory of Political Violence in Sony Labou Tansi’s Life and a Half

Manizha Sepas

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An embodied reading of Sony Labou Tansi's absurdism which functions as a tool for discoursing colonisation, state violence and the hypersexual masculinity of power as symbolised through the metaphor of cannibalism.

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Afrofuturism, Political Literature, Literature, Absurdism, Surrealism, Grotesque

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24134/be.v4i1.198

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