The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
This groundbreaking book analyzes the theme of community in seven French Caribbean novels in relation to the work of the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. The complex history of the islands means that community is often a central and problematic issue in their literature, underlying a range of other questions such as political agency, individual and collective subjectivity, attitudes towards the past and the future, and even the literary form itself. Celia Britton here studies a range of key books from the region, including Édouard Glissant’s Le Quatrième Siècle, Patrick Chamoiseau’s Texaco, Daniel Maximin’s L’Ile et une nuit, and Vincent Placoly’s L’eau-de-mort guildive, among others.
“This is a book that demonstrates how a serious engagement with theory from another discipline can enrich and revitalize the field of postcolonial literary study.”
“Truly one of the finest pieces of literary and theoretical analysis to date in postcolonial French studies.”