Ici-La: Place and Displacement in Caribbean Writing in French

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In Caribbean writing, place is intimately inflected by displacement - place and displacement are not dichotomous; every ‘here’ invariably implies a ‘there’. In line with this extreme imbrication of (dis)location, Caribbean writing in French explores questions of increasing global pertinence such as the relation between writing and displacement, local and distant space, text and place, identity and migration, passage and transformation. Contributions range across genres and the work of writers such as Aimé ...

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Overview

In Caribbean writing, place is intimately inflected by displacement - place and displacement are not dichotomous; every ‘here’ invariably implies a ‘there’. In line with this extreme imbrication of (dis)location, Caribbean writing in French explores questions of increasing global pertinence such as the relation between writing and displacement, local and distant space, text and place, identity and migration, passage and transformation. Contributions range across genres and the work of writers such as Aimé Césaire, Patrick Chamoiseau, René Dépestre, Édouard Glissant, Émile Ollivier, Gisèle Pineau, Simone Schwarz-Bart and Ernest Pépin.
Topics explored include the poetics of dwelling space, the postmodern or postcolonial dynamic of the Creole town, and the textualization of place and displacement. Also included are essays on the drama of distance, the metamorphosis of recent Haitian writing, the literary reverberations of the figure of Toussaint L'Ouverture, and links between Ireland and the French Caribbean.

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”…a wide-ranging and insightful contribution to Postcolonial Francophone Studies.” in: Research in African Literatures, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp.135-6
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789042008861
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Cross/Cultures Series
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gallagher teaches in the Department of French at University College Dublin. She is the author of La Créolité de Saint-John Perse (1998) and of Soundings in French Caribbean Writing Since 1950 (2002). She is currently working on a new edition of Lafcadio Hearn’s Esquisses martini-quaises and on a study of cross-cultural connections between Canadian, Caribbean, French and Irish writing.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Editorial Note
Introduction: Between 'here' and 'there', or the "hypen of unfinished things"
1 The Place of Space in the Novels of the Creolite Movement 1
2 For a Theory of the Creole City: Texaco and the Postcolonial Postmodern 25
3 No Place Like Home? Constructing an Identity in Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco 41
4 The marron and the marqueur: Physical Space and Imaginary Displacements in Patrick Chamoiseau's L'Esclave vieil homme et le molosse 61
5 Place, Textuality and the Real in Glissant's Mahagony 83
6 From "Gabelles" to "Grands Chaos": A Study of the Disode to the Homeless 101
7 Displacement, Repositioning, Metamorphosis 125
8 Something and Nothing: Place and Displacement in Aime Cesaire and Rene Depestre 143
9 The Passion of Place and Passage: From Emile Ollivier's Passages to Ernest Pepin's Tambour-Babel 157
10 Transatlantic Displacement and the Problematics of Space 181
11 Displacement and Self-Disclosure in Some Works by Gisle Pineau 211
12 'I talked to a Zombie': Displacment and Distance in Simone Schwartz-Bart's Ton beau capitaine 227
13 "Stubborn Chunks": Chaotic Soups and Caribbean Identity 253
Afterword: Circuitous Connections: Ireland and the Francophone Caribbean 279
Contributors 293
Index 297
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