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Title:Liens, Echos, Entrelacs Ou La Creolite Discursive Dans "Solibo Magnifique" Et "Texaco" De Patrick Chamoiseau Et Dans "L'archet Du Colonel" De Raphael Confiant
Author(s):Priam, Mylene Natacha
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Murdoch, H. Adlai
Department / Program:French
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Caribbean
Abstract:My dissertation deals with the concept of "creoleness" ("Creolite") developed by two contemporary Martinican authors: Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphael Confiant. Through a detailed analysis of Solibo Magnifique and Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau and of L'Archet du Colonel by Raphael Confiant, I attempt to determine how French West Indian reality is best represented through the metaphoric and aesthetic development of a concept that, originally, is purely theoretical. In the first part of the dissertation, I look at how narrative voices may represent the multiple elements that were brutally forced to interact during the colonial encounter in the geographical space of the Caribbean basin. In a second part, I examine the movements or trajectories of these voices as well as their relations as symbols of creolization. In the third part, I take a closer look at the various transformations that these many interactions brought about on a particular voice: the writer's. I chose narratology as my starting point because my purpose is to understand what gives the French West Indian text its Creole essence through the analysis of discourse. Yet, this formalist perspective is only one approach. While trying to identify the Creole identity of these literary texts, it was also possible to imagine a historical, geographical, cultural and linguistic complex while leading the way to an internal perception of the Self through the Caribbean experience and the French heritage. Far from being a stagnant or static approach, this method suggests that the West Indian author's position must also be understood via a transversal vision that includes such elements as intercommunication, intertextuality and multilingualism.
Issue Date:2004
Description:264 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3131008
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2004

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