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While she does not lose track of the portrayal of women in the last part of her book, Bouwer's main focus switches to an analysis of representations of Lumumba in Cesaire's play A Season in the Congo , 61 and 66 and Raoul Peck's documentary Lumumba: Death of a Prophet and film Lumumba Her focus reveals the deeply gendered nature of the ways in which the Congolese leader is depicted and remembered, laying bare the legacies of colonial power structures.
The book's conclusion contains a short reflection on "the gendered politics of transmitting and defining legacies" and the struggles of the women close to Lumumba to have some form of control over the interpretation of their role in his life and legacy. Large parts of this book focus on the ways in which information and interpretations about women and gender in the Congo have been represented through film, fiction, and biography.
Giving voice to the women in her story proves to be a difficult task, as their stories are all mediated through often male storytellers.
In the case of Blouin, Bouwer relies on a biography with which the activist collaborated but later renounced. For Abo, her main sources are the writings by Ludo Martens, 1 who had an extensive working relationship with Abo. Bouwer does a nice job of reading these sources against the grain, teasing out the women's voices, but I disagree with her decision to "refer to Abo as the author,"even though, as she admits, "her voice is usually mediated through Martens.
His and Abo's vehement opposition to the Mobutu regime are the basis for the books, which were attempts to counteract the appropriation of Lumumba's legacy for the Mobutu regime by giving Mulele and a revolutionary tradition a place in the history and identity of Congo. In all, this book makes a significant contribution to the scholarship on Congo's decolonization from an understudied perspective, and demonstrates how political legacies are shaped.
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But women have been missing from accounts of the Congo s decolonization. What new ideals of masculinity and femininity were generated in this struggle? Were masculinist biases re-inscribed in later depictions Springer Shop Bolero Ozon. Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba.
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Patrice Lumumba s legacy continues to fire the imagination of politicians, activists, and artists. Were masculinist biases re-inscribed in later depictions of the martyred nationalist? Through analysis of Lumumba s writings and speeches, the life stories of women activists, and literary and cinematic works, Gender and Decolonization in the Congo: