Boniface Mongo-Mboussa

Mongo-Mboussa  Boniface

Professor of French literature

Biographie de Mongo-Mboussa Boniface

Born in Congo - Brazzaville - current Republic of Congo - in 1962, Boniface Mongo-Mboussa is professor of French literature, editor of "Africultures" while he worked at other literary magazines.

He became famous in 2002 with the release of Desire in Africa, published by Gallimard in the series "Dark Continents". Prefaced by the Ivorian Ahmadou Kourouma great writer, this book is the first history of African literature.

Ses articles

IN THE NAME OF THE RIVER, THE FAUNA AND THE ANCESTORS

n°56 Fourth Quarter 2015

“Anthropology thus faces a formidable challenge: either it disappears as  an  exhausted form of  humanism, or  it undergoes a complete metamorphosis by rethinking its field and tools so as to include within its object much more than the anthropos, that whole community of  existing beings linked to  him and now relegated to    the status of a mere entourage” (Philippe Descola, Par-delà nature et culture)

BOOK REVIEWS N°55-2

n°55 Third Quarter 2015

Les grands, by Sylvain Prudhomme, L’Arbalète, Paris, 2015. Souveraine magnifique, by Eugène Ébodé, Gallimard, “Continents Noirs”, 2014. What purpose do economists serve if they all say the same thing? Manifesto for a pluralist economy, Editions Les liens qui libèrent, Paris, 2015. Political hybridity and resistance in the countries of the South, edited by Nancy Thede, Karthala, Paris, 2015. Africa Unite! Une histoire du panafricanisme, by...

Desire for Africa

n°55 Third Quarter 2015

Africa has been (wholly or partially) the focus of a number of cultural events over the last six months. The first of these  was the Leiris & Co exhibition, which took place at the Centre Pompidou   in Metz from 3 March to 14 September 2015. This exhibition had first been turned down by the big institutions (Louvre, Beaubourg, Quai Branly) for reasons which remain obscure: “Too melancholic”.  

HOUNTONDJI AND MUDIMBE, TWO FOUNDERS OF AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY

n°54 First Quarter 2015

Who are the African historians and philosophers who matter today in Francophone Africa? High-profile figures such as the Senegalese philosopher Souleymane Bachir Diagne and the historians Achille Mbembe and Mamadou Diouf, respectively from Cameroon and Senegal, owe much to their elders and to two great thinkers in particular: the philosophers Paulin J. Hountondji, aged 73 from Benin and Valentin Y. Mudimbe, aged 74 from the Congo. These two great intellectual figures have produced a mode of...

THE CONGO RIVER AND THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE IMAGINATION

n°52 Third Quarter 2014

Africa, wrote Frantz Fanon, is shaped like a revolver, and its trigger is in Zaire. I no longer remember in which of his books the essayist from Martinique penned this memorable phrase. One thing is certain: it is rooted in common sense, so greatly have the crises that have wracked this country affected the continent and sometimes the world. It was at the time of the confrontation between Stanley working on behalf of Leopold II, King of the Belgians, and Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, the French...

WAITING FOR THE VISIONARIES

n°50 First Quarter 2014

In  Le premier homme  (1994),  Albert  Camus’s  posthumously published novel, there is a memorable scene: the hero, Jacques Cormery, is travelling to the Saint-Brieux Cemetery to find the grave of his father who died in the First World War. As he stands in contemplation, he discovers that his father died at the age of twenty-nine whereas he himself is forty.

LEOPOLD SEDAR SENGHOR BETWEEN NEGRITUDE AND FRENCHNESS

n°49 Fourth Quarter 2013

When  Léopold  Sédar  Senghor  died  in  Normandy  on  20 December 2001, France was being governed on the basis of political cohabitation. Lionel Jospin of the Socialist party was the Prime Minister and Jacques Chirac of the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) was President of the country. Neither Lionel Jospin nor Jacques Chirac attended the funeral of the poet-President in Dakar. And yet the two heads of the French State had...

BOOK REVIEWS

n°48 Third Quarter 2013

BOOK REVIEWS.Théo Ananissoh. Tunis, Elyzad, 2013. For about ten years, the Togolese Théo Ananissoh has been patiently  putting  together  a  book  centred  on  the  African individual and his environment (landscape, history, food, etc.). If he is less well-known than his compatriots Kossi Efoui,   

THE SOURCES OF PAN-AFRICANISM

n°47 Second Quarter 2013

In an essay published some ten years ago by Maisonneuve and Larose,•1  the Guadeloupian historian Oruno D. Lara proposed a new reading of Pan-Africanism. Reviewing the long-term history of the movement, he placed its genesis well before Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. Du Bois. In so doing, Oruno D. Lara also rehabilitated some eminent pioneers of Pan-Africanism, notably Edward Wilmot Blyden, from the Danish Virgin Islands, who had become a Liberian citizen, and the Haitian Joseph Ant...

BOOK REVIEWS

n°47 Second Quarter 2013

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