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Anderson, Debra L.

Decolonizing the Text

Glissantian Readings in Caribbean and African-American Literatures

Series: Francophone Cultures and Literatures - Volume 1

Year of Publication: 1995

New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1995. 128 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-2521-4 hardback  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.360 kg, 0.794 lbs

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Book synopsis

Edouard Glissant's conception of history, literature, and Caribbean identity, antillanité, as exposed in his seminal work, Le Discours antillais, provides the critical underpinnings of the literary analyses presented in this work. This study derives from the works of the Martinician poet, novelist and theorist a reading that decolonizes the text. Glissant's poétique de la relation is the foundation that enables contemporary criticism to cross Dubois' «color line» and examine the métissage intertextuel manifest in the works of Toni Morrison, Patrick Chamoiseau, and William Faulkner.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Debra L. Anderson is currently an assistant professor of French and Director of the Foreign Language Learning Center at Northeast Louisiana University. She completed the M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature at Louisiana State University where she studied with Edouard Glissant. Her research interests include projects on contemporary Francophone Caribbean literature and comparative studies of Caribbean, African American and Southern American writers.


Francophone Cultures and Literatures. Vol. 1
General Editors: Tamara Alvarez-Detrell and Michael G. Paulson