The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction

Celia Britton

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ISBN: 9781846314209

Publication: July 1, 2008

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 10

This book analyses the theme of community in seven French Caribbean novels in relation to the work of the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. The islands’ complex history means that community is a central and problematic issue in their literature, and underlies a range of other questions such as political agency, individual and collective subjectivity, attitudes towards the past and the future, and even literary form itself. Britton examines Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la rosée, Edouard Glissant’s Le Quatrième Siècle, Simone Schwarz-Bart’s Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle, Vincent Placoly’s L’eau-de-mort guildive, Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco, Daniel Maximin’s L’Ile et une nuit and Maryse Condé’s Desirada.

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 1. Restoring Lost Unity in Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la rosée 2. Past, Future and the Maroon Community in Edouard Glissant’s Le Quatrième Siècle 3. Living by Mistake: Individual and Community in Simone Schwarz-Bart’s Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle 4. Singular Beings and Political Disorganization in Vincent Placoly’s L’Eau-de-mort guildive 5. Conquering the Town: Stories and Myth in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco 6. Community, Nature and Solitude in Daniel Maximin’s L’Ile et une nuit 7. On Not Belonging: Surrogate Families and Marginalized Communities in Maryse Condé’s Desirada Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9781846314209

Publication: July 1, 2008

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 10

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