The Literatures of the French Pacific
Professor Raylene Ramsay is Director of the French Pacific Research Centre at the University of Auckland and the editor of Nights of Storytelling: a Cultural History of Kanaky/New Caledonia (University of Hawaii Press, 2011).
Introduction and overview of chapter contents 1. Behind the accounts of first encounter and the tales of oral tradition: reading Kanak-New Caledonian texts as palimpsest Part 1: Behind the accounts of first encounter Appendix: Extracts from the texts of the early European explorers Part 2: Reading the role of gender through the texts of oral tradition 2. Writing (in) the languages of the other: translation as third space 3. Histories of exile and home: strategic hybridity 4. Locating the first man in the (hi)stories of Kanaky: indigenous hybridities 5. The paradoxical pathways of the first Kanak woman writer: Déwé Gorodé’s parti pris of indigeneity 6. The hybrid within: the first Kanak novel, 'L’épave' [the wreck] and the cannibal ogre 7. Cross-cultural readings of 'Le maitre de koné’ [the chief and the lizard]: intertextuality as hybridity 8. Writing métissage in non-Kanak literatures : from colonial to postcolonial hybridities 9. A multicultural future (destin commun) for New Caledonia ? From métissage to hybridities Conclusion: Modifying the hybridity debates Works cited Index
An excellent and much needed analysis / overview of New Caledonian literatures. It is extremely well-documented and extensive in its coverage of literature from the precursors to more contemporary authors. It covers multiple facets of hybridity through incorporating not only Kanak and Caldoche writing but also representations of other identities such as Metro, Vietnamese, Chinese or Wallisian.
Pascale De Souza
George Mason University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: March 31, 2014
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 32