In his examination of Maryse Condé’s novel The Story of the Cannibal Woman, Professor Dahouda offers perspective on prejudice, racism, censorship and violence.
In Revue Présence Francophone 2021 (Numéro 96–97),Associate Professor of Francophone Studies Kanaté Dahouda examines the predicament of the main character in the novel The Story of the Cannibal Woman. Written by the winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature (the alternative to the Nobel Prize), Maryse Condé’s novel follows the “lives of an intercultural, interracial couple across time and space through New York City, Tokyo and Capetown in a vibrant, wildly inventive novel,” Washington Square Press explains.
In the article, Dahouda offers readers insights into the genuine relationships between art, literature and the dynamics of migration, race and identity in French Caribbean fictions.
The main character, a female painter, “displays in her poetic of exile the fragmented story of uprooted subjects and mixed couples evolving within a South African society facing the trauma of Apartheid, between prejudice and racism, censorship and violence,” Dahouda says.
His analysis discusses “the ways in which these fundamental issues are converted into painful life experiences through the artistic practice of the main character, which Condé uses as an aesthetic and ideological means to deconstruct the myth of a reconciled and post-racial South Africa,” he adds.
A member of the Colleges’ French Department since 2001, Dahouda holds a Ph.D. in Francophone comparative literatures and cultures from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. As a scholar, he has co-authored and been a contributor to numerous essays and articles in scholarly journals, academic volumes, anthologies, dictionaries and reviews, including Québec français, Dictionnaire des Oeuvres Littéraires du Québec (VII) (Quebec), Francofonia (Spain), International Journal of Canadian Studies (Ottawa), Tangence (Quebec), Neohelicon (Hungary), Présence Africaine (Paris), L’Année Francophone International (France-Quebec), and Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (USA).
His field of teaching extends to Francophone literatures, cultures and societies, which spans the province of Quebec, the French Caribbean and Africa. His research interests focus on the intersection of language, the practice of Diaspora, memory, exile, violence and identity with particular emphasis on literatures and cultures from Francophone Quebec/Canada, the Caribbean, and Africa.