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How Strange the ChangeLanguage, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernisms$
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Marc Caplan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774765

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774765.001.0001

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Education and Initiation in the Narratives of Haskole and Negritude

Education and Initiation in the Narratives of Haskole and Negritude

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How Strange the Change
Stanford University Press

Both African and Jewish intellectuals—as well as intellectuals in many other cultures—rely on literature in Western forms to create a separate cultural space between systems of power organized around the polarities of modernity and tradition. Yisroel Aksenfeld's autonomy ultimately depends on social institutions that are often controlled by the power structures from which the writer seeks to liberate himself, such as school systems, publishing houses, and political organizations. This chapter explores education and initiation in the narratives of haskole and negritude by comparing two novels: Dos Vintshfingerl (“The Magic Ring,” or “The Wishing Ring”), by Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher-Sforim), and L'aventure ambiguë, by Cheikh Hamidou Kane.

Keywords:   Dos Vintshfingerl, Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh, L'aventure ambiguë, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, haskole, negritude, narratives, novels, modernity, tradition

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