This book provides an understanding of the kind of work that representations of African dictatorship do. It explores the contradictions that arise from postcolonial critics' simultaneous investment in aesthetics and in politics.
Introduction: African Dictators and Postcolonial Critics 1. Two Readings of Henri Lopes's Le Pleurer-rire 2. The Truth about Amin' 3. Achille Mbembe and the Disorder of Discourse 4. Conclusion