Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean
Louise Hardwick is a Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. She specializes in postcolonial literature and film, particularly from the Francophone Caribbean and its diaspora.
Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Childhood, Genre and the Scene of Recognition 1. The Emergence of a Tradition 2. Apples and Mimic Men: Patrick Chamoiseau’s 'Une Enfance créole' 3. The Poetics of Ethnicity in Raphaël Confiant’s 'Ravines du devant-jour' and 'Le Cahier de romances' 4. Alienation and Estrangement in Maryse Condé’s 'Le Cœur à rire et à pleurer' 5. Childhood, the Environment and Diaspora: Daniel Maximin’s 'Tu, c’est l’enfance' and Gisèle Pineau’s 'L’Exil selon Julia' 6. Thwarted Expectations? Stasis and Change in Haiti in Dany Laferrière’s 'L’Odeur du café' and 'Le Charme des après-midi sans fin' 7. Parental Paradigms and Gender Stereotypes Afterword Notes Bibliography Index
This well-researched and cogently written study makes a convincing argument for the significance of the récit d’enfance in discussions about Francophone Caribbean literature.
Sarah Barbour New West Indian Guide
Odile Ferly L'Espirit Createur
Louise Hardwick’s excellent study is a most welcome contribution to the field ... With its beautiful style and pedagogical structure, it is a didactic masterpiece.
Christina Kullberg Karib: Nordic Journal for Caribbean Studies
In an impressive series of close readings, Louise Hardwick analyses the genre of autobiographical childhood narratives ... These innovative readings constitute the volume’s tour de force: in inaugurating the critical field of récits d’enfance studies, it renews our approaches to Francophone Caribbean literature in general.
Malik Noël-Ferdinand The Arts Journal: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Literature, History, Art and Culture of Guyana and the Caribbean
Université des Antilles-Guyane (French West Indies)
Hardwick offers new insight into the collective character of francophone recits d’enfance by Caribbean authors, demonstrating persuasively that the ongoing narrative impact of slavery cannot be elided.
French Studies, Vol. 68, no 2
... a study that is a pleasure to read ... Hardwick's meticulous research, balanced approach and lucid prose merit serious consideration from specialists of the region.
Françoise Lionnet Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean is the first book-length study of a remarkable literary phenomenon that emerged in the last decade of the twentieth century in the French Antilles and Haiti - the autobiographical narrative. Louise Hardwick expertly analyses this relatively understudied genre which uses childhood narrative in as much a politically as an aesthetically subversive manner. Her clear, meticulous and informed study reveals the ways in which these narratives of childhood, driven by a devoir de mémoire, relate individual memory to collective identity. This is a welcome critical work that makes a major contribution to francophone as well as to postcolonial literary studies.
J. Michael Dash
New York University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: April 4, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 24