The Noir Atlantic
Chester Himes and the Birth of the Francophone African Crime Novel
Pim Higginson is Associate Professor of French at the Department of French and Francophone Studies, Bryn Mawr College, USA.
Acknowledgements Introduction: The Frivolous Literary 1. "Pas de litterature": Abasse Ndione and the Rise of Crime 2. Minor Mistranslations: Simon Njami and the Making of a Parisianist Himes 3. Crime Pays: Achille Ngoye and the Serie noire 4. Ethnographic Erotics: Bolya and the Writing of the Other 5. Terreur Rose: Kouty, memoire de sang and the Gendering of Noir 6. Going out Blazing: Mongo Beti's Last Two Novels Bibliography Index
It will be useful not only to scholars of African literature in French but also to readers of Chester Himes’s novels and crime fiction in general. In short, this book makes interesting and important connections between Francophone African and African American literature. It is also, like the crime fiction it discusses, a very good read.
The Noir Atlantic is a captivating book in which Pim Higginson carves out new terrain through absorbing readings of the under-explored corpus of francophone African crime writing. Readers will be stimulated by the numerous insights provided into the multi-directional nature of cultural and political networks that have historically shaped relations between Africa, Europe, and the United States, and appreciate the far-reaching implications for diaspora, francophone, and postcolonial studies.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 8, 2011
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 20