Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles

Celia Britton

Selected Essays 4

Legenda

25 May 2018  •  160pp

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In these essays, three of which have not previously been published, Celia Britton discusses a variety of texts from the point of view of their engagement with the cultural and political issues that have been prominent in Martinique and Guadeloupe from the mid-twentieth century to the present day. These texts range from the ethnographic writings of Michel Leiris to the novels of Maryse Condé, Joseph Zobel, Ernest Pépin and Edouard Glissant; Glissant’s essays are also considered, as are those of René Ménil. Thus the question of cultural identity, for example, is central to Glissant’s work but also, from a rather different point of view, to that of Leiris and Ménil. Other topics covered include racial difference and the politics of race, in the novels of Condé and Pépin; gender (Condé and Pépin); the impact of globalization and, conversely, the specificity of place (Glissant and Pépin); the legacy of slavery (Condé); and political action (Ménil, Glissant, Condé).

Celia Britton is Emeritus Professor of French and Francophone Literature at University College and a Fellow of the British Academy. Earlier in her career she worked on the Nouveau Roman and French cinema. For the past thirty years she has published widely on French Caribbean literature, thought and culture.

Reviews:

  • ‘Engagingly written and meticulously argued at every turn, Britton’s essays reveal unexpected dimensions in her primary archives and offer challenging arguments on the relationship between politics and aesthetics in the French Caribbean... Although Britton has an abiding passion for Glissant’s work, she never lets this interest overshadow the singularities of her other authors. This careful sensitivity is characteristic of the masterful readings Britton provides in her provocative new collection.’ — Justin Izzo, French Studies 73.2, April 2019, 329-30 (full text online)
  • ‘Les analyses abordées sont très attentives et riches en éléments qui peuvent constituer le point de départ d’autres études.’ — Emanuela Cacchioli, Studi francesi 189, 2019, 616-17

Contents:

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Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles: Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles
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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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Abbreviations
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Introduction
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7-17
Chapter 1 Identity and Change in the Work of Édouard Glissant
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18-30
Chapter 2 Ethnography As Relation: the Significance of the French Caribbean in the Ethnographic Writing of Michel Leiris
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31-41
Chapter 3 Dual Identities: the Question of ‘Départementalisation’ in Michel Leiris’s Contacts De Civilisations En Martinique Et En Guadeloupe
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42-52
Chapter 4 ‘Double Consciousness’: Cultural Identity and Literary Style in the Work of René Ménil
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53-63
Chapter 5 Globalization and Political Action in the Work of Édouard Glissant
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64-75
Chapter 6 Being-in-Common and Relation: the Idea of Community in the Work of Jean-Luc Nancy and Édouard Glissant
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76-88
Chapter 7 Hiding From Others, Hiding From Oneself: the Obscurity of Language in the Work of Édouard Glissant
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Chapter 8 Social Hierarchies in the Short Stories of Joseph Zobel
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100-111
Chapter 9 Secret Worlds: Incommunicability and Initiation in Three Novels By Ernest Pépin
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112-120
Chapter 10 Place, Textuality, and the Real in Édouard Glissant’s Mahagony
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121-130
Chapter 11 the Theme of the Ancestral Crime in the Novels of William Faulkner, Édouard Glissant, and Maryse Condé
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131-141
Chapter 12 Sexuality and Racial Politics in Maryse Condé’s La Belle Créole
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142-147
Bibliography
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Index
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Bibliography entry:

Britton, Celia, Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles, Selected Essays, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles, celia Britton, Selected Essays, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Britton, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Britton, Celia. 2018. Perspectives on Culture and Politics in the French Antilles, Selected Essays, 4 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Britton 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Britton 2018: 21.

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