Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing
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
Britton is persuasive in arguing for the need to reevaluate the study of the formal aspects of literary texts produced in the French Caribbean. As she makes clear, eventually neither (post)structuralist nor postcolonial theory fully does justice to all French Caribbean texts. In concise chapters, the broad corpus she brings together establishes the way in which formal and textual analysis also uncovers the implications of the political.
Jacqueline Couti, New West Indian Guide
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.
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