The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction

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The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 10

2008

July 1st, 2008

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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.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half-title1
Title3
Copyright4
Acknowledgements5
Abbreviations6
Introduction8
1 Restoring Lost Unity in Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la rosée26
2 Past, Future and the Maroon Community in Edouard Glissant’s Le Quatrième Siècle43
3 Living by Mistake: Individual and Community in Simone Schwarz-Bart’s Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle62
4 Singular Beings and Political Disorganization in Vincent Placoly’s L’Eau-de-mort guildive81
5 Conquering the Town: Stories and Myth in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco100
6 Community, Nature and Solitude in Daniel Maximin’s L’Ile et une nuit118
7 On Not Belonging: Surrogate Families and Marginalized Communities in Maryse Condé’s Desirada138
Conclusion158
Notes168
Bibliography188
Index194