Rainbow Colors

Rainbow Colors : Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius

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The narratives under consideration in Rainbow Colorsdepict the Mauritius's history of competing colonial forces, describe its intricate social geography of free and forced migrations, and portray the anxieties of mixed race persons and cultures in postcolonies. By conceptualizing literature as the overlapping space of ethnic-cultural realities, national and transnational identities, and a poetics of alterity, Rainbow Colors explores how different literary ethno-topographies of Mauritius are produced at this intersection.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 188 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739121375
  • 9780739121375
  • 2,146,274

Review quote

Her study, a literary ethno-topography, investigates the complex relations between ethnicity, identity, and nation on the island. -- Maria G. Traub, Neumann College (PA) The French Review, October 2009 This useful book explores the relations between ethnicity, identity and nation in the literary texts which have emerged in the French language recent times from Mauritius. These texts show how Mauritian writers using French have emerged from the exoticizing shadow cast by early French representations of the island to embrace and engage with the modern realities of this complex, multi-layered society. This is a well-researched and timely account of a place in which diasporic identity is the universal condition. It speaks to issues which are becoming central to all studies of the postcolony and to the situation of the erstwhile metropoles. -- Gareth Griffiths, University of Western Australiashow more

About Srilata Ravi

Srilata Ravi is senior lecturer of European Languages and Studies at the University of Western Australia.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Coloring the Rainbow-An Introduction Part 2 Part I Chapter 3 2. Coolie Heroism: Nationalism, Postnationalism, and the Romance of Indenture Immigration Chapter 4 3. Walking on Fire: Religion, Gender, and Identity in Ananda Devi's Le voile de Draupadi Part 5 Part II Chapter 6 4. Ambivalently Abnormal: Metis as Racial Grotesque in Loys Masson's L'etoile et la clef and Carl de Souza'sLe sang de l'Anglais Chapter 7 5. Colors of Shame: Metissage and Desire in Marie-Therese Humbert's A l'autre bout de moi Part 8 Part III Chapter 9 6. Remembering to Forget: War and Domesticity in Marcelle Lagesse's Le vingt floreal du matin Chapter 10 7. Drifting Pauls and Wandering Virginies: French Creole Identities in Jean-Marie Le Clezio's La quarantaine Part 11 Postface Chapter 12 8. Trodden Rainbow: Towards an Ethics of Reading Violence in Ananda Devi's Moi, l'interditeshow more