Date of Award

5-1-1991

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Foreign Languages

First Advisor

Paul M. Brown

Abstract

The primary objective of this paper is to analyze La Noire de... and show how both versions, the short story and the film, exemplify the political art of Sembene Ousmane. The writer feels that the anti-imperialist theme in La Noire de. . . constitutes one of the first major efforts on the part of an African writer/filmmaker to demystify Europe in the eyes of Africans; most importantly, the story, through its didacticism calls for the complete decolonization of Africa. This work is presented in four chapters. The first chapter, the introduction, discusses Sembene's grassroots approach to the written and visual medias in light of rampant illiteracy in Senegal and throughout the continent. Chapter two serves to give biographical information about Sembene. The third chapter is an in-depth analysis of La noire de.... The writer treats the short story and the film as an ensemble and not as autonomous entities, an approach which serves to underline the overall theme of the work and not the peculiarities of each genre. The conclusion that the writer draws in the fourth and final chapter is that Sembene has committed himself, through his art, to the complete decolonization of Africa. ' His story La Noire de.,. epitomizes his commitment to African liberation. Sembene. The third chapter is an in-depth analysis of La noire de.... The writer treats the short story and the film as an ensemble and not as autonomous entities, an approach which serves to underline the overall theme of the work and not the peculiarities of each genre. The conclusion that the writer draws in the fourth and final chapter is that Sembene has committed himself, through his art, to the complete decolonization of Africa. ' His story La Noire de.,. epitomizes his commitment to African liberation.

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