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Published: 15 June 2013

256 Pages | 1 b/w table

6 X 9 inches

ISBN: 9781846318412

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Childhood, Autobiography and the Francophone Caribbean

Louise Hardwick

Liverpool University Press

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP

  • Draws scholarly attention to a neglected body of récits d'enfance by contemporary best-selling, prize-winning Francophone Caribbean authors: Chamoiseau, Condé, Confiant, Laferrière (who are also available in English)
  • Taps into debates around slavery and colonialism both in France and at a global level (the UNESCO project La Route de l'esclave, the Comité devoir de mémoire, the loi Taubira and the Comité pour la mémoire de l'esclavage)
  • Provides a well-defined methodology with which to approach the récit d'enfance, with the potential to generate new readings of Francophone postcolonial literature focusing on childhood, from areas such as Algeria (Leïla Sebbar), Sub-Saharan Africa (Camara Laye), Reunion (Jean-Jacques Martial) and extending to North African Francophone literature and the Haitian diaspora in North America, particularly Quebec (Emile Ollivier)

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