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

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An assured and lively study of a neglected writer. Douglas breaks new ground in her analysis of the role of rewriting in Frank tienne'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 Frank tienne'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 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 Frank tienne'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 Frank tienne, 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 Frank tienne, and Rachel Douglas' magisterial study is an invaluable source for anyone with an interest in Caribbean culture in general and Frank tienne in particular. Douglas approaches Frank tienne'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 Frank tienne'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 Frank tienne, 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 tienneand 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 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 Frank tienne and Rewriting Rachel Douglas presents an elegant overview of Haitian spiralist writer Frank tienne's literary praxis....In each of these chapters Douglas is faced with the challenge of establishing critical order while respecting the deliberate chaos of Frank tienne's aesthetic. Her manner of engaging with the spiralic nature of both the individual works and the whole of Frank 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 Frank tienne's corpus to explorations of the specific practices of other Caribbean rewriters.--Project Muse
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About Rachel Douglas

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