Franketienne and Rewriting

Franketienne and Rewriting : A Work in Progress

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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.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 206 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739136356
  • 9780739136355

Review quote

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 interestto scholars of Caribbean literature in the broadest sense....--Maeve McCusker 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 Nesbittshow more

About Rachel Douglas

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