Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature

Eva Sansavior

Research Monographs in French Studies 32

Legenda

1 June 2012  •  148pp

ISBN: 978-1-906540-94-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-351193-27-6 (Taylor & Francis ebook)

ContemporaryFrenchFiction


The Guadeloupean writer and critic Maryse Condé has for the last twenty-five years divided her time between her native Guadeloupe and the United States. If the author’s work has attracted much critical attention in the United States, it is the fictional works that have been the focus of this attention with these predominantly read in the light of political themes such as identity and resistance. In these intelligent and sensitive readings, Eva Sansavior argues in favour of adopting a broader thematic and generic approach to the author’s work. Sansavior accounts for the multiple and oblique uses of literature in the Condé’s literary and critical work tracking its complex interactions with tradition, reception, politics and autobiography and also the singular possibilities that these interactions present for re-imagining the ideas of politics, literature, identity and, ultimately, the nature of critical practice itself.

Eva Sansavior is Career Development Fellow in French (Francophone Caribbean Studies) at Oriel College, Oxford.

Reviews:

  • ‘This valuable contribution to francophone studies adds to the growing list of critical work on Maryse Condé... Drawing on real and imagined experiences, Sansavior brilliantly depicts the intersectional relationship between self, community, and writing in Condé’s autobiography, ascertaining that Condé employs autobiography as a subversive genre.’ — Simone A. James Alexander, French Studies 67.4, October 2013, 580-81
  • ‘Valuable testament to the unusual complexity of Maryse Condé’s work, her generic range, and the particularity of her status as a “global” writer who is at once representative and inimitable.’ — Dawn Fulton, Contemporary Women's Writing 8.1, March 2014, 115-16
  • ‘An eloquent and welcome addition to Condé scholarship and to efforts to rethink, rather than rule out, the possibilities for a re-engaged literary practice today.’ — Nicole Simek, New West Indian Guide 88, 2014, 207-09

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Sansavior, Eva, Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 32 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2012)

First footnote reference: 35 Eva Sansavior, Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 32 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2012), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sansavior, p. 47.

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Sansavior, Eva. 2012. Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 32 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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