Narrative ‘Trauma-Testimony’ and Fragmented Identity in Sometimes in April

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Soji Cole


This paper examines how trauma victims’ sense of self is split and how personal identity is fragmented in the course of giving testimony of the traumatic events. The film ‘Sometimes in April’ is used as a case study based on its critical engagement with different elements of narrativity of traumatic events, and the subject of identity. The paper adopts the concepts of narrative construction of the self, selfhood, and identity following the works of scholars like Ricoeur, Schechtman and Taylor. It argues that the film ‘Sometimes in April’ is an alternative sociological space for the studying and understanding of narrative and identity construction of victims and witnesses to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Cole, S. (2020). Narrative ‘Trauma-Testimony’ and Fragmented Identity in Sometimes in April. Humanities Bulletin, 3(2), 190–207. Retrieved from

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