Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


The goal of this study is to show that the fiction of genocide aims to share emotions between the narrator and the reader. It is possible to consider the narrator as representing the real reader and not only as the simple recipient written into the text. This is to say that the narrator is a part of the story but is also the reader’s counterpart as the real recipient, because both-- narrator and real reader-- are integrated in the imaginary world of the story. The role of the author is to construct intermediate mechanisms between the reader and the author. The theme developed in the story is certainly always an imaginary world, but through the act of reading, this imaginary world is transformed into a world that one experiences, feels, and perceives, whether it is remembered or imagined. The analysis is based on the literature of the genocide of the Batutsi and concludes on this main idea: the story of genocide aims to share emotions between the speaker and the reader.



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