Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing
Celia Britton is Emeritus Professor of French and Francophone Studies at University College London and the author of The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction (Liverpool University Press, 2008); Race and the Unconscious: Freudianism in French Caribbean Thought (Legenda, 2002); Edouard Glissant and Postcolonial Theory: Strategies of Language and Resistance (University of Virginia Press, 1999).
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Part I: Genre, Intertextuality, Discourse 1. How to be primitive: Tropiques, surrealism and ethnography 2. Problems of Cultural Self-Representation: René Ménil, Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphaël Confiant 3. Eating their words: the consumption of French Caribbean literature 4. Intertextual Connections: The Jewish Holocaust in French Caribbean Novels 5. Breaking the Rules: Irrelevance/Irreverence in Maryse Condé’s Traversée de la mangrove 6. Discursive Agency and the (De)Construction of Subjectivity in Daniel Maximin’s L’Ile et une nuit Part II: On Edouard Glissant 7. Discours and histoire, magical and political discourse in Le Quatrième Siècle 8. Collective narrative voice in Malemort, La Case du commandeur and Mahagony 9. Fictions of identity and the identities of fiction in Tout-monde 10. Mixing up Languages in the Tout-monde 11. ‘La parole du paysage’: Art and the Real in Une Nouvelle Région du monde Appendix Writing in the Present: Interview with Maryse Condé Notes Bibliography Index
Richard Langer Oxford Journals
This publication, though consisting of previously published material, in its cumulative effect and sustained attention across the field as a whole, demonstrates the incisive originality and intelligence of this outstanding reader of French Caribbean literature.
Nick Nesbitt French Studies
Britton makes an unanswerable case for a rebalancing of textually-based and world-based reading, a rebalancing of critical attention to language and form on the one hand, representation and political positioning on the other.
University College Dublin
Publication: March 24, 2014
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 31