Friends and Enemies
The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature
Chris Bongie is Professor and Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Canada. Previous publications include Friends and Enemies: The Scribal Politics of Post/Colonial Literature (LUP, 2008), Islands and Exiles: The Creole Identities of Post/Colonial Literature (Stanford UP, 1998) and Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism, and the Fin de siècle (Stanford UP, 1991).
Preface and Acknowledgements: Entrances Introduction: Literature, Politics and Memory Part One- Humanitarian Interventions: The Haitian Revolution in Translation, 1793-1833 Incursion I France and Haiti, 1804-2004: Postimperial Melancholy, 'New Humanist' Elation 1. 'The Friend of Equality': Terror and Forgetting in the Novels of Jean-Baptiste Picquenard 2. ' The Cause of Humanity': Victor Hugo's 'Bug-Jargal' and the Limits of Liberal Translation Part Two - Between Memory and Nostalgia#; Commemorating Post/Colonialism, 1998-2004 Incursion II 3. 'Chroniques de la francophonie triomphante': The Dutiful Memories of Regis Debray 4. A Street Named Bissette: Assimilating the 'Cent-cinquantenaire' of the Abolition of Slavery in Martinique (1848-1998) 5. 'Monotonies of History': Baron de Vastey and the Mulatto Legend of Derek Walcott's Haitian Trilogy Part Three - Exiles on Main Stream: Browsing the Franco-Caribbean Canon Incursion III Futures Past? David Scott's Black Jacobins and the Dead End Of Cultural Politics 6. Withering Heights: Marayse Conde and the Postcolonial Middlebrow 7. Spectres of Glissant: Dealing in Relation Bibliography Index
his valuable contribution, for those unaware of his scholarship, has opened a Pandora's box that will generate stimulating conversations among scholars. Perhaps these discussions will allow new voices to be heard.
New West Indian Guide, Vol. 85, No. 1 & 2
Friends and Enemies is well worth diving into for shrewd readings of a splendidly varied corpus and an insightful, comprehensive elucidation of contemporary postcolonial perspectives.
French Studies, Vol. 64 No. 10
Scholars in Caribbean and postcolonial studies have eagerly awaited the next volume from Chris Bongie and with Friends and Enemies they will not be disappointed…Challenging and often provocative, this book will be essential reading for all serious scholars in the postcolonial field.
University of Liverpool
This study is both meticulous in its readings and ambitious in its intellectual reach.
University of Reading
Chris Bongie’s openly polemical volume is by turns profound in its insights, meticulous in its archival research, startlingly original in the boldness of its theorizing, and extraordinary in the breadth of its references.
Modern Language Review, 105.1
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: October 1, 2008
Series: Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines 3