Joseph Zobel

Négritude and the Novel

Louise Hardwick

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ISBN: 9781786940735

Publication: March 31, 2018

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 51

Joseph Zobel (1915-2006) is one of the best-known Francophone Caribbean authors, and is internationally recognised for his novel La Rue Cases-Nègres (1950). Yet very little is known about his other novels, and most readings of La Rue Cases-Nègres consider the text in isolation. Through a series of close readings of the author’s six published novels, with supporting references drawn from his published short stories, poetry and diaries, Joseph Zobel: Négritude and the Novel generates new insights into Zobel’s highly original decision to develop Négritude’s project of affirming pride in black identity through the novel and social realism. The study establishes how, influenced by the American Harlem Renaissance movement, Zobel expands the scope of Négritude by introducing new themes and stylistic innovations which herald a new kind of social realist French Caribbean literature. These discoveries in turn challenge and alter the current understanding of Francophone Caribbean literature during the Négritude period, in addition to contributing to changes in the current understanding of Caribbean and American literature more broadly understood.

Louise Hardwick is Reader in Francophone Postcolonial Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), and Associate Fellow of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Introduction
Chapter 1: Zobel, Négritude and the Novel
Chapter 2: Earth, Ecocriticism and Economics: Diab’-là
Chapter 3: Nothing Happens, Twice: Les Jours immobiles becomes Les Mains pleines d’oiseaux
Chapter 4: Re-reading La Rue Cases-Nègres
Chapter 5: Cultural Capital in the French Capital: Quand la neige aura fondu
Afterword
Bibliography

"Louise Hardwick's Joseph Zobel: Negritude and the Novel is a remarkable and timely examination one of the key authors of francophone postcolonial writing. With exacting scholarship and empassioned prose, Hardwick reveals the full complexity of Zobel's extensive novelistic enterprise, including the many twists and turns of the rewritings of his earlier works. [...] Hardwick's groundbreaking research reveals long-forgotten texts, biographical intricacies, and political and aesthetic debates to finally and rightfully accord Zobel recognition as one of the central and most original figures of Négritude."
Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University
 

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

288 Pages

ISBN: 9781786940735

Publication: March 31, 2018

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 51

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