MISAPPREHENSION AS A CROSS-CULTURAL EFFECT: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF JOSEPH CONRAD’S HEART OF DARKNESS AND SAMMY OKE AKOMBI’S THE RAPED AMULET / LA MALCOMPREHENSION COMME UN EFFET DE CROISEMENT DE CULTURE: UNE ETUDE COMPARÉE DE HEART OF DARKNESS ECRIT DE JOSEPH CONRAD ET THE RAPED AMULET DE L’AUTEUR SAMMY OKE AKOMBI

Hergie Alexis Séguédémè

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This paper enrolls in an enhancement of Africa’s cultural representation, long time falsely perceived. England has most of time undervalued, subject to nourish misconceptions about Africa. This, because the black continent has a range of traditions that could not be seen through western glasses. In the same line of thought, Africa’s perception of England is not far from unholiness. This situation leads to discriminative behaviours towards African students in England and English tourists in African countries. In a basket, mutual-acceptance between Africans and English is difficult, because each of them misapprehend other’s traditions and perceptions. This study illustrates cultural divergences between Africans and English. The emphasis here is on cultural mutual-acceptance. To reach this goal, I use New historicism, Africana critical theory, post colonialism and reader-response to explore, interpret and analyse, facts relating to cultural misapprehension in Heart of Darkness and The Raped Amulet.

Cet écrit s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un rehaussement de l’image culturelle de l’Afrique, longtemps faussement perçu. En toute sincérité, les Anglais ont longtemps mésestimé l’Afrique sur le plan culturel. Ceci est dû à la diversité des traditions africaines qui sont incomprises en raison des standards anglais. Pareillement, les Africains perçoivent à tort les pratiques et habitudes anglaises en référence aux valeurs promues en Afrique. Cette situation conduit à des comportements discriminatifs tant pour les Africains aux études en Angleterre que pour les Anglais en visites touristiques en Afrique. En somme, la cohabitation entre Africains et Anglais est difficile à cause des incompréhensions culturelles des uns et des autres. Cette étude illustre les divergences culturelles entre les peuples africains et anglais. Elle met un accent particulier sur l’acceptation mutuelle des cultures. Pour atteindre cet objectif, j’utilise le nouvel historicisme, la critique africaine, le post colonialisme et la réponse du lecteur, pour explorer, interpréter et analyser les faits relatifs au mépris culturel dans Heart of Darkness et The Raped Amulet.

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cross-cultural effect, misapprehension, mutual-acceptance, diversity / effet interculturel, mésestimation, reconnaissance mutuelle, diversité

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejls.v2i2.232

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