Locating Guyane

Edited by Catriona MacLeod and Sarah Wood

£80.00
- +

ISBN: 9781786941114

Publication: April 30, 2018

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 53

Overseas department of France in Amazonia and ‘ultraperipheral region’ of the EU, Guyane (French Guiana) is at the juncture of Europe, the Caribbean and South Ameri-ca. This collection of essays explores historical and conceptual locations of Guyane, as a relational space characterised by dynamics of interaction and conflict between the lo-cal, the national and the global. Does Guyane have, or has it had, its own place in the world, or is it a borderland which can only make sense in relation to elsewhere: to France and its colonial history, for example, or to African and other diasporas, or as a ‘margin’ of Europe?
This edited collection will be the first volume to study Guyane from multiple perspec-tives. It subjects the enduring clichés and negative stereotypes regarding Guyane to critical examination. It addresses how and why discourse on the DOM has come to be characterised by paradoxes and lacunae, and suggests ways in which this can be re-dressed. Chapters explore geographical, literary and cultural ‘locations’ of Guyane, past and present. They challenge its relegation to the ‘periphery’, whilst also historicising the production of its marginal status. Finally, the collection aims to outline possible future challenges to the conceptual location of Guyane and possible directions for research.

Dr Catriona MacLeod is Lecturer in French Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP).

Dr Sarah Wood is Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Introduction
Richard Price, ‘The Oldest Daughter of Overseas France’
Kari Evanson, ‘Grand Reporters in Guyane: Bringing the Exotic Back Home’
Kathleen Gyssels, ‘Kor and Karnival, the carnal road of Léon-Gontran Damas: “Evidence of Things not Seen”’
Silvia Espelt Bombín, ‘Frontier Politics: French, Portuguese and Amerindian Alliances between the Amazon and Cayenne, 1680–1697’
Jonna Yarrington, ‘Producing the periphery’
Edenz Maurice, ‘A school in Boniville Political skills and “Primitives’ in French Guiana (1930-1969)’
Sarah Wood, ‘Reclaiming Félix Éboué: Departmentalisation and politics of commemoration in Guyane, 1944-2012’
Antonia Cristinoi and François Nemo, ‘Palikur, a language between two worlds’
Sally Price, ‘Maroon Art in Guyane: New Forms, New Discourses’
Catriona MacLeod: ‘Performing and Parading Gender in Guyane’s Carnival’
Bill Marshall, ‘Equality and Difference: Queering Guyane?’
Conclusion: remaking Guyane?

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

224 Pages

11 B&W illustrations

ISBN: 9781786941114

Publication: April 30, 2018

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 53

Related products

Scroll to top