In his novel Mont Plaisant (2011), Patrice Nganang takes a theme he outlined in the virulent pamphlet of 2009 La République de l’imagination, while speaking of a cultural hero who is, first, a mean to access to a section of its own History. In the background, the court of the sultanate established by Njoya in Cameroon between 1885 and 1933 and the first anti-colonial struggles conducted, among others, by the opponent Joseph Ngono. The latter's daughter, Sara, seventy years later, tells a young Cameroonian who is studying in the United States her extraordinary history, and therefore the unrecognized history of the Bamum kingdom and of a cultural hero entering for the first time on the literary scene. Through the weaving of fascinating narratives and documents, this novel offers a reflection on the strength of archives in legitimizing the reconstruction not only of the colonial past, but also of a cultural and historical identity of the anonymous African citizen who is, in fact, the real hero of this story.

Remember Njoya, ou la force légitimante des archives dans le roman Mont Plaisant (2011) de Patrice Nganang / S. Riva - In: Les héros culturels, récits et représentations / [a cura di] D. Ranaivoson, V. Litvan. - Francia, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés : Sépia, 2014. - ISBN 9782842802554. - pp. 51-72 (( convegno Le héros culturels. Récits et représentations tenutosi a Université de Lorraine nel 2012.

Remember Njoya, ou la force légitimante des archives dans le roman Mont Plaisant (2011) de Patrice Nganang

S. Riva
Primo
2014

Abstract


In his novel Mont Plaisant (2011), Patrice Nganang takes a theme he outlined in the virulent pamphlet of 2009 La République de l’imagination, while speaking of a cultural hero who is, first, a mean to access to a section of its own History. In the background, the court of the sultanate established by Njoya in Cameroon between 1885 and 1933 and the first anti-colonial struggles conducted, among others, by the opponent Joseph Ngono. The latter's daughter, Sara, seventy years later, tells a young Cameroonian who is studying in the United States her extraordinary history, and therefore the unrecognized history of the Bamum kingdom and of a cultural hero entering for the first time on the literary scene. Through the weaving of fascinating narratives and documents, this novel offers a reflection on the strength of archives in legitimizing the reconstruction not only of the colonial past, but also of a cultural and historical identity of the anonymous African citizen who is, in fact, the real hero of this story.
Dans le roman Mont Plaisant (2011), Patrice Nganang reprend un discours qu’il avait ébauché dans le pamphlet virulent de 2009, La République de l’imagination, tout en parlant d’un héros culturel qui est, d’abord, un moyen d’accès à un pan de sa propre histoire. À l’arrière-fond, la cour du sultanat implanté par Njoya dans l’actuel Cameroun entre 1885 et 1933, et les premières luttes anticoloniales menées, entre autres, par l’opposant Joseph Ngono. La fille de ce dernier, Sara, soixante-dix ans plus tard, raconte à une jeune camerounaise qui fait ses études aux États-Unis son histoire extraordinaire et, par-là, l’Histoire méconnue du royaume bamoum et d’un héros culturel qui entre pour la première fois sur la scène littéraire. À travers un tressage fascinant de récits et de documents, il s’agit dans ce roman de proposer une réflexion autour de la force légitimante des archives dans la reconstruction non seulement du passé colonial, mais aussi d’une identité culturelle et historique du citoyen africain anonyme qui est, au fond, le véritable héros de cette histoire.
African francophone novel; History and Literature; Archive; Cultural Hero
Settore L-LIN/03 - Letteratura Francese
Centre de Recherche Ecritures Université de Lorraine
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