Esthetique de l'horreur : Le genocide rwandais dans la litterature africaine
Doctor of Philosophy
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 has inspired several works in various fields, including literature. At the same time and since the Holocaust, the literary depiction of genocide and mass murder has raised complex issues about the relationship between ethics and esthetics. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the goal of this dissertation is to place the literary narratives of the Rwandan genocide within the larger context of recent studies on the issues of identity as well as the perpetration of evil. The dissertation, thus, hopes to provide a better understanding of both the universal and specific dimensions of the Rwandan genocide.