Franketienne and Rewriting

Franketienne and Rewriting : A Work in Progress

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 4 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Franketienne and Rewriting offers an overview the defining aesthetic and thematic components of Franketienne's major works, particularly on the relation between his central aesthetic of the Spiral and the practice of rewriting that is prevalent in Caribbean literature. Situating this practice within the framework of postcolonial studies, Douglas argues that literary characteristics in Franketienne connect with changing political, social, economic, and cultural circumstances in Haiti as he rewrites.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 206 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0739125656
  • 9780739125656

About Rachel Douglas

Rachel Douglas is lecturer in Francophone Postcolonial Studies at the University of Liverpool.show more

Review quote

Rachel Douglas' timely study offers remarkably insightful close readings of a writer who has for too long remained unknown to all but a few specialists. Moving decisively beyond earlier models of genetic criticism, Douglas' striking proposition is to analyze 'rewriting' as a primary dimension of Franketienne's literary productivity. Under Douglas' thoughtful gaze, Spiralism stands revealed as a literature in perpetual movement and self-refashioning, one of outrageous invention and exuberant expressivity that alone has the imaginative resources to articulate the unfathomable terror and beauty of Haitian modernity. -- Nick Nesbitt, Senior Lecturer in French, School of Language and Literature at the University of Aberdeen An assured and lively study of a neglected writer. Douglas breaks new ground in her analysis of the role of rewriting in Franketienne's work; her book marks an important contribution to francophone postcolonial studies, and will be of significant interest to scholars of Caribbean literature in the broadest sense. -- Maeve McCusker, Senior Lecturer in French Studies and Chair of the Postcolonial Research Forum at Queens University Belfast Douglas's study becomes a meticulous reading of various editions of Franketienne's works in order to illustrate the 'principal dynamics of a spiralist literary aesthetic.' Research in African Literatures In Franketienne and Rewriting Rachel Douglas presents an elegant overview of Haitian spiralist writer Franketienne's literary praxis...In each of these chapters Douglas is faced with the challenge of establishing critical order while respecting the deliberate chaos of Franketienne's aesthetic. Her manner of engaging with the spiralic nature of both the individual works and the whole of Franketienne's corpus is commendable. In her Conclusion, Douglas very generously suggests myriad directions for future study that might build on her work, moving beyond analysis of Franketienne's corpus to explorations of the specific practices of other Caribbean rewriters. Project Muse Rachel Douglas's book makes an excellent contribution to this still-nascent body of critical work. Taking the practice of rewriting as a marker of Franketienne's infinitive inventiveness and of the changing contexts in which he writes, Douglas argues very persuasively that the author's work should not be read as static entity, but as a fluid, ever-evolving phenomenon... Douglas excels particularly in relating textual analysis to the social and political contexts of writing... This well written, assured and perceptive study will be an important point of reference for future research on Franketienne, and should also serve to encourage the incorporation of his searching, complex, yet curiously lucid work into Francophone, Caribbean, and postcolonial reading lists. Modern and Contemporary France Few contemporary authors have produced such a challenging - and fascinating - literary oeuvre as Haitian author Franketienne, and Rachel Douglas' magisterial study is an invaluable source for anyone with an interest in Caribbean culture in general and Franketienne in particular. Douglas approaches Franketienne's corpus through the prism of rewriting, and convincingly argues that the act of rewriting proves invaluable to tracing the evolutions in the author's work at different moments in his personal, aesthetic and political trajectory... The study skilfully interweaves theoretical insights with a series of nuanced close readings of Franketienne's texts, which succeed in conveying the excitement of this prolific author's work... Beyond the book's evident appeal to Francophone and postcolonial literary and cultural specialists wishing to deepen their knowledge of the work of Franketienne, it will undoubtedly also be of interest to researchers working on book history, reception studies and translation studies. International Journal Of Francophone Studies In Franke'tienne and Rewriting Rachel Douglas presents an elegant overview of Haitian Spiralist writer Franke'tienne's literary praxis, connecting the author's near-obsessive revising to broader postcolonial Caribbean literary phenomena. Douglas's study offers a comparative analysis of five major works, emphasizing the ethical and the aesthetic perspectives. Oxford Journals In Franke'tienne and Rewriting Rachel Douglas presents an elegant overview of Haitian Spiralist writer Franke'tienne's literary praxis, connecting the author's 'near-obsessive' (p. 1) revising to broader postcolonial Caribbean literary phenomena Douglas rightly insists on the importance of fully contextualizing the works in question, considering them always with respect to the changing historical, socio-economic, and cultural realities of twentieth-century Haiti. In each of these chapters Douglas is faced with the challenge of establishing critical order while respecting the deliberate chaos of Franke'tienne's aesthetic. Her manner of engaging with the spiralic nature of both the individual works and the whole of Franke'tienne's corpus is commendable. In her Conclusion, Douglas very generously suggests myriad directions for future study that might build on her work, moving beyond analysis of Franke'tienne's corpus to explorations of the specific practices of other Caribbean rewriters Project Museshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Birth and Continuation of a Practice of Rewriting: Dezafi (1975) - Les Affres d'un defi (1979) - Dezafi (2002) Chapter 3 Renewing the First Works: Mur a crever (1968) - Mur a crever (1995); Ultravocal (1972) - Ultravocal (1995) Chapter 4 Representations of Cannibals: L'Oiseau schizophone (1993) - Les Metamorphoses de l'oiseau schizophone (1996-7) Chapter 5 Processes of Rewriting Exemplified: L'Oiseau schizophone (1993) - Les Metamorphoses de l'oiseau schizophone (1996-7) Chapter 6 Conclusionshow more