Analyze a Young Leader’s Ideas About Leadership According to Ferdinand Oyono's "Houseboy"
The works of this period thus subscribed to a liberal humanist ideology that pleaded with the oppressed. In Oyono's Houseboy, the protagonist, Toundi, dies because of the oppressive neo-colonial system.
The novel is a product of society and tries to direct the society by using the aesthetic medium. We explore how all these are achieved in African novels using and authors relevant to this study.
Despite the differences between both texts, they are joined by their engagement with colonial violence in African societies, by their discursive inscription of trauma arising from such violence, and the way their portrayal of the severity of colonial violence shows the limits of trauma theory. Moreover, both novels' portrayals of bloodshed and death make them rich for a comparative study of colonial trauma. Cathy Caruth's notion of trauma inspires the use of the term in this essay.
Cajetan N. Iheka. Research in African Literatures Vol. 45, No. 4, On Simon Gikandi's Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Winter 2014), pp. 33-49