Romance Languages and Literatures

Linsey Sainte-Claire | Exhausted Lands and Bodies in Antillean Novels

WhenMarch 05, 2020 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
WhereWieboldt Hall, Room 206
Contact InformationRomance Languages and Literatures Department
DescriptionThe Department of Romance Languages & Literatures presents

"Exhausted Lands and Bodies in Antillean Novels"
Linsey Sainte-Claire
Assistant Professor of French, Middlebury College

This talk will examine the ways in which “cultural schizophrenia” is presented in the novels of two Antillean writers, Edouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau, prior to and following the departmentalization of France’s old colonies in 1946. By putting these novels in dialogue with two recent major Caribbean general strikes I will show that, as early as 1958, literary representations of the socio-political and juridical dependency, and the economic bondage of the Antillean population to France prophesied a gloomy future for its landscape and its inhabitants.
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Lectures
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