Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature
Research Monographs in French Studies 32
Legenda: Oxford, 2012
The Guadeloupean writer and critic Maryse Condé has for the last twenty-five years divided her time between her native Guadeloupe and the United States. If the author’s work has attracted much critical attention in the United States, it is the fictional works that have been the focus of this attention with these predominantly read in the light of political themes such as identity and resistance. In these intelligent and sensitive readings, Eva Sansavior argues in favour of adopting a broader thematic and generic approach to the author’s work. Sansavior accounts for the multiple and oblique uses of literature in the Condé’s literary and critical work tracking its complex interactions with tradition, reception, politics and autobiography and also the singular possibilities that these interactions present for re-imagining the ideas of politics, literature, identity and, ultimately, the nature of critical practice itself.
Eva Sansavior is Career Development Fellow in French (Francophone Caribbean Studies) at Oriel College, Oxford.