International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications

IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 5, May 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]


Narrativizing Trauma: The Place of Silence in Rwandan Genocide Survivors’ Testimonial Literature
      Omondi, Danlence Codo, Ogone James and Mosoti Edwin
Abstract: Through testimonies born from situations of violent conflicts, survivors are able to narrate, and bear witness to traumatic experiences, albeit subjectively. The subjectivity characterizing such narrations implies a process of editing and selecting, voicing certain aspects of the events and silencing other aspects. Although silence in speech implies absence of voice and therefore no communication, this paper maintains that narrativization of trauma is possible even in silence. Informed by textual data, the paper examines the place of silence in narrativizing trauma, exploring not only the binary opposition of voicing and silence, but also the meaning of the ‘unspoken’ during the narrativization of traumatic events. The paper exposes the multifaceted nature of silence in Rwandan post-genocide testimonial literature as depicted in Hanna Jensen’s “Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You”, Immaculee Illibagiza’s “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide” and Jean Hatzfeld’s “Machete Season: Killers in Rwanda Speak.”

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Omondi, Danlence Codo, Ogone James and Mosoti Edwin (2021); Narrativizing Trauma: The Place of Silence in Rwandan Genocide Survivors’ Testimonial Literature; International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications (IJSRP) 11(5) (ISSN: 2250-3153), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29322/IJSRP.11.05.2021.p11384
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