Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Literature and Languages Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Room to Manoeuvre: Moving Beyond the Grotesque in Tierno Monénembo's Convivial Space
Author(s): Grayson, Hannah
Keywords: aesthetics
Issue Date: 2020
Date Deposited: 15-Nov-2021
Citation: Grayson H (2020) Room to Manoeuvre: Moving Beyond the Grotesque in Tierno Monénembo's Convivial Space. Irish Journal of French Studies, 20 (1), pp. 98-123.
Abstract: This article engages with Achille Mbembe's notion of the grotesque in two novels by Guinean author Tierno Monénembo: Les Crapauds-brousse (Paris: Seuil, 1979) and Les Écailles du ciel (Paris: Seuil, 1986). The article argues that Monénembo's aesthetics of mutedness and instability constitute a double dismantling of the dictator's staged power in these fictional worlds through reducing the presence of the dictator figure and accentuating the evidence of his failures. By drawing our attention to subtlety and insecurity, these novels demonstrate the limitations and failures of a grotesque stylistics of power. At the heart of these limitations is Mbembe's notion of 'mutual zombification', which here is contested by the negotiation of convivial space by those who are ruled. The texts' restraint of the dictator figures signals the inevitability of their decline, caught as they are in continuities of colonial rule that are bound to fail. Instability and decay, alongside silence and absence, constitute an alternative aesthetics that help to reveal the complexities of postcolonial space.
DOI Link: 10.7173/164913320830841728
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Irish Journal of French Studies by Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. The original publication is available at:

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
4_Grayson proofs.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version666.51 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.