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Appiah, Kwame Anthony. “Is the Post- in Postmodernism the Post- in Postcolonial?” Critical Inquiry 17, No. 3 (Winter 1991): 336-57.

Appiah defines the term “postmodernism” and analyzes postcolonial African artists in regard to this definition.

Dunton, Chris. “‘Wheyting Be Dat?’ The Treatment of Homosexuality in African Literature.” Research in African Literatures 20, No. 3 (Fall 1989): 422-48.

Dunton explores the use of homosexual characters as narrative tools in African literature.

Fatunde, Tunde. “Images of Working People in Two African Novels: Ouologuem and Iyayi.” In Marxism and African Literature, edited by George M. Gugelberger, pp. 110-17. London: James Currey Ltd., 1985.

Fatunde analyzes the occurrences of mental and physical violence on the slaves and working class Africans in Ouologuem's Le Devoir de violence and Iyayi's Violence.

Fraser, Robert. “Two Thousand Seasons: Literary Ancestry and Text.” In Critical Perspectives on Ayi Kwei Armah, edited by Derek Wright, pp. 298-314. Washington D. C.: Three Continents Press, 1992.

A comparative study of Armah's Two Thousand Seasons, André Schwarz-Bart's Le Dernier des justes, and Ouologuem's Le Devoir de violence.

Godsell, Geoffrey. A review of Bound to Violence. Christian Science Monitor 63, No. 106 (15 April 1971): 11.

Godsell describes Bound to Violence as a well written book, yet he argues that its hyper-violence will not appeal to many readers.

Jones, Mervyn. “Violent Chic.” New Statesman 82, No. 2103 (9 July 1971): 53-4.

Jones offers a negative evaluation of Bound to Violence.

Julien, Eileen. “Rape, Repression, and Narrative Form in Le Devoir de violence and La Vie et demie.” In Rape and Repression, edited by Lynn A. Higgins and Brenda R. Silver, pp. 160-81. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.

Julien discusses the use of rape as political and social oppression in Ouologuem's Le Devoir de violence and Sony Labou Tansi's La Vie et demie.

Larson, Charles R. “Africa's Past—Another Version.” Nation 212, No. 22 (31 May 1971): 697-99.

Larson explains how Bound to Violence upsets the Western myth of a peaceful and harmonious precolonial Africa.

Meyer, E. B. A review of Bound to Violence. National Review XXIII, No. 13 (6 April 1971) : 382.

Meyer gives a positive assessment of Ouologuem's descriptive and characterization abilities.

Miller, Christopher L. “Trait d'union: Injunction and dismemberment in Yambo Ouologuem's Le Devoir de violence.L'Esprit Créateur XXIII, No. 4 (Winter 1983): 62-73.

Miller provides a negative evaluation of Ouologuem's textual “borrowing” from other authors.

Randall, Marilyn. “Approriate(d) Discourse: Plagiarism and Decolonization.” New Literary History 22, No. 3 (Summer 1991): 525-41.

A discussion of the definition of plagiarism in context to postcolonial societies that have been influenced by the foreign culture(s) of the nation that colonized them.

Sellin, Eric. A review of Le Devoir de violence. French Review XLIII, No. 1 (October 1969): 164.

Sellin offers a positive review of Le Devoir de violence.

Snyder, Emile. A review of Bound to Violence. Saturday Review LIV, No. 25 (19 June 1971): 23.

Snyder states that in Bound to Violence, Ouologuem shatters commonly believed myths of idealist African history.

Thompson, John. “In Africa.” New York Review of Books XVII, No. 4 (23 September 1971) : 3-4, 6-7.

Thompson discusses major plot themes in the translation of Bound to Violence.

Times Literary Supplement. “A Spectral Africa.” Times Literary Supplement, No. 3619 (9 July 1971): 797.

The critic presents a favorable assessment of Bound to Violence.

Updike, John. “Books: Out of the Glum Continent.” New Yorker XLVII, No. 39 (13 November 1971): 187–88, 190.

John Updike is an internationally acclaimed American novelist and critic. In this review of the translated Bound to Violence, Updike finds Ouologuem's novel to be an intense and extremely violent yet groundbreaking work of postcolonial African literature.

Watkins, Mel. “Talk with Ouologuem.” New York Times Book Review (7 March 1971): 7, 34.

An interview with Ouologuem in which he gives his opinions on slavery, history, and race relations.

Williams, John A. A review of Bound to Violence. New York Times Book Review (7 March 1971): 7, 35.

Williams provides an overview of Bound to Violence.

Yansane, Aguibou Yan. A review of Bound to Violence, by Yambo Ouologuem. Black World XXII, No. 12 (October 1973): 51–2, 76–8.

Yansane discusses the aspects of Bound to Violence that render it a marketable piece of popular fiction, but believes the historical aspects of the novel are a creation of the author and have no factual basis.

Additional coverage of Ouologuem's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 111 and 176; and Literature Resource Center.

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