Africa's Politics and Religion in John Updike's The Coup

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Februar 2015



John Updike's The Coup is freewheeling satire that defines the relationship between the West and Africa. For many of Western authors, and Updike is not an exception, the appeal of Africa is its "Otherness", its difference from the contemporary West. The novel is a dramatization of the political events that characterized post-colonial Africa. It also concerns government mismanagement in the black continent, and has little details that showcase the Cold War post-colonial chaos that was sub-Saharan Africa. Through his imagery of Africa and Africans in The Coup, Updike seems to convey the impression that events in much of the so-called Third World reflect not merely the institutional dilemmas of post-colonial politics in Africa, but an existential condition hardly amenable to human solutions.


Farouq Rezq is a lecturer in English literature, Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He spent two years as a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Carolina, U.S. Rezq's other publications include: The Image of Islam and Arabs in Western Literatures (2011) and Multiculturalism Or Islamophobia?: A Critical Analysis of John Updike's Terrorist (2014).
EAN: 9783659667923
ISBN: 3659667927
Untertitel: A Postcolonial Approach. Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2015
Seitenanzahl: 172 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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