Frankétienne and Rewriting: A Work in Progress

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Lexington Books, Jun 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 206 pages
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'Rewriting' in the context of critical work on Caribbean literature has tended to be used to discuss revisionism from a variety of postcolonial perspectives, such as 'rewriting history' or 'rewriting canonical texts.' By shifting the focus to how Caribbean writers return to their own works in order to rework them, this book offers theoretical considerations to postcolonial studies on 'literariness' in relation to the near-obsessive degree of rewriting to which Caribbean writers have subjected their own literary texts. Focusing specifically on FrankZtienne, this book offers an overview of how the defining aesthetic and thematic components of FrankZtienne's major works have emerged over the course of his forty-year writing career. It reveals the marked development of key notions guiding his literary creation since the 1960s, and demonstrates that rewriting illustrates the central aesthetic of the Spiral which has always shaped his Iuvre. It is, the book argues, the constantly moving form of the Spiral which FrankZtienne explores through his constant reworking of his previously written texts. FrankZtienne and Rewriting negotiates between the literary and material ends of the burgeoning field of postcolonial studies, arguing that literary characteristics in FrankZtienne connect with changing political, social, economic, and cultural circumstances in the Haiti he rewrites.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 01 The Birth and Continuation of a Practice of Rewriting
31
Chapter 02 Renewing the First Works
65
Chapter 03 Representations of Cannibals
91
Chapter 04 Processes of Rewriting Exemplified
127
Conclusion
157
Appendix
163
Bibliography
177
Index
191
About the Author
195
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Rachel Douglas is lecturer in Francophone Postcolonial Studies at the University of Liverpool.

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