figure By AUSTIN BUKENYA When I named Prof Kimani Njogu of Twaweza Communications as the guru of dialogism in our region, he did not "dialogise
" (talk back to) me.
The argument for Eulalie's power to dialogise
and reconstitute social discourses and social reality, and thereby recover and reconstitute herself, thus elides the differences between a real auditor to Eulalie's speech and an ideal, imaginary, or implied auditor in the form of her mirror reflection, her imagined selves, or the reader who becomes representative of society and its discourses.
The abundance of various inserted forms (prologue, epilogue, manuscript, transcript of a tape-recorded interview, pages downloaded from a webpage, footnotes) further attests to both 'the way the Gothic exaggerates its own extreme fictionality' and the power of the novel in general, and of this novel in particular, to cannibalise, carnivalise and dialogise
, leaving 'fewer and fewer neutral, hard elements ("rockbottom truths")'.
In his practice, biography is a pretext for the literary historian to dialogise
with his subject and fulfil those potentialities that form an integral part of the author's aesthetic project.