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Of Dogs, Horses, and Buffalos in Cameroon: Companion Animals in Cameroonian Fiction

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In this chapter, I examine companion animals in both Anglophone and Francophone Cameroonian fiction. Drawing on Patrice Nganang’s novel Temps de chien (2007 [2001]), I discuss the dog as a companion animal and as a metaphor for the reversal of human-animal values. In the latter sense, through its role as narrator and keen observer, Mboudjak the dog appears to own humans and to be in the process of taming them. I analyze the horse as a companion animal which unveils various
romantic connections in Gaston-Paul Effa’s novel Cheval-Roi (2001). Using Athanasius Nsalai’s novel The Buffalo Rider (2008), I explore how the author attempts to promote the human domestication of animals while pushing the boundaries of what can or cannot be considered as a companion animal. All three novels taken together, I argue that these Cameroonian writers shift the boundaries of our understanding of domestication and ownership in the literature of companion animals as they occasionally reverse human-animal relations and sometimes portray unusual species as companions. The chapter is largely informed by Donna Haraway’s theorization on companion species.
TitelReading Cats and Dogs : Companion Animals in World Literature
RedaktørerFrançoise Besson, Zélia M. Bora, Marianne Marroum, Scott Slovic
ForlagLexington Books
Udgivelsesårdec. 2020
ISBN (trykt)978-1-7936-1106-2
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-7936-1107-9
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2020

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