THE TRAUMA OF COLONIALISM IN FERDINAND OYONO'S UNE VIE DE BOY

The paper analyzes the trauma of colonialism in Ferdinand Oyono's Une Vie de Boy. Little scholarly work has been done on the analysis of colonial trauma in the creative texts written by Francophone postcolonial writers. This is a gap that this article attempts to successfully fill using Une Vie de Boy as a primary source of data analysis. Textual analytical approach is adopted as the denning variable to analyze colonial trauma in Ferdinand Oyono's Une Vie de Boy. With this approach, various samples from the novel are extracted and analyzed to show the degree of the protagonist's traumatic experience in the hands of his colonizers before his tragic death. What this article makes clear is the extent to which it is necessary when confronting the realities of colonial trauma to acknowledge the violence perpetrated not only by the colonizers but also by those who were once subject to colonial trauma as seen in Toundi's lather. Oyono maintains a focus on the actual, historical and social brutality, as well as the great role that this literary work possesses in enabling such a traumatic experience to be articulated. In this era of continued global trauma, this work is engaging and makes a good contribution to existing works on francophone postcolonial literature. The paper concludes that the traumatic experience of the protagonist articulates the evils, sufferings and injustice prevalent during the colonial period in Cameroon. By extension, the brutality of Toundi's father explains the typical effect of colonial rule in Africa.

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