Alain mabanckou`s African psycho and bret Easton Ellis`s American psycho

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study examined the two texts, Alain Mabanckou`s African Psycho (2997) and Bret Easton Ellis` American Psycho (1991), for any implied similarities and differences in terms of their characterization, narrative style, targets of social criticism and thematic expressions. The compelling reason warranting this study stemmed from the fact that despite their almost identical titles no comprehensive studies have been done to explain their congruence or incongruence. The study was informed by orthodoxy or Freudian Psychonalysis and Postcolonial approach, with a focus on Homi Bhabha`s from close analysis of the texts under study whereas secondary data were extracted from critical works such as books, journal articles and internet resources. The study established that Mabanckoou`s Afican Psycho and Ellis` American Psycho are similar in some respects. However, by and large, the two texts are different in that their respective concerns such as thematic preoccupation and targets of social criticism. The basis of the department has largely to do with the different contexts in which they were produced-Africa and the United States. Since there has been growing a literary interest in Mabanckou`s translated works such as African Psycho and others, this study recommends that other comparative studies be done, particularly to read African Psycho and American Psycho from a feminist perspective.
Available in printed form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF PQ3989.2.M217K44)
Fiction, Africa, Mabanckou, African Psycho, Ellis, Bret Easton, American Pscho
Kilatu, E (2014) Alain mabanckou`s African psycho and bret Easton Ellis`s American psycho.Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.