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Enduring Negativity

Representations of Albinism in the Novels of Didier Destremau, Patrick Grainville and Williams Sassine

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Charlotte Baker

This study focuses on fictional representations of albinism in the work of the French writers Didier Destremau and Patrick Grainville, and the Francophone Guinean writer Williams Sassine. The focus on selected novels allows for an in-depth study of each narrative and sheds new critical light on these under-studied writers, permitting a comparative discussion of the novels in relation to other writing about albinism. A series of common themes can be found in these novels, which, although present in different combinations and intensities, echo the preoccupations of all fictional writing about albinism. They include a recognition of the problematic relationship between inner and outer reality (in both bodily terms and in relation to notions of inclusion and exclusion), the challenging of accepted categories and designations, and the consequent problematisation of the relationship between Self and Other. Bound up with these issues, of course, are questions of identity and power.

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Appendix Fictional Works Featuring Albino Characters Characters in these novels and short stories are albino, or are attributed albinic features and qualities. Agualusa, José Eduardo, The Book of Chameleons (London: Arcadia Books, 2006) Bester, Alfred, The Stars My Destination (London: Vintage, 1996) Biemiller, Carl L., The Albino Blue (New York: Doubleday, 1998) Brown, Dan, The Da Vinci Code (London: Corgi, 2004) Carney, Danile, The Whispering Death (Bath: Chivers Press Ltd, 1987) Cauley, Jack E., Albino Joe (London: Vantage, 1995) Chabin, Laurent, Serdarin des étoiles (Saint-Laurent: Tisseyre, 1998) Cheney-Coker, Syl, The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar: A Novel of Magical Vision (London: Heinemann, 1990) Coulibaly, Niama, Mort d’un albinos (Bamako: Le Figuier, 1996). Danticat, Edwidge, Breath, Eyes, Memory (New York: Random House, 1998) Des Roches, Rogers, Les Idées noires d’Amélie Blanche (Montreal: Québec Amérique Jeunesse, 2003) Destremau, Didier, Nègre blanc (Paris: Editions Hatier International, 2002) Dunn, Katherine, Geek Love (New York: Warner, 2002) Farnes, Catherine, Snow (Greenville: Bob Jones University Press, 1999) Fardoulis-Legrange, Michel, Les Caryatides et l’albinos (Paris: Jose Corti, 2002) Fitch, Janet, White Oleander (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1999) Foster, David, Moonlite (New York: Penguin USA, 1988) Frazier, Charles, Cold Mountain (Boston: Atlantic Press, 1997) Grainville, Patrick, Le Tyran éternel (Paris: Editions du Seuil, 1998) Hand, Elizabeth, Winterlong (New York: Eos, 1997) Hanson, Ben J., Takadini (Harare: Fidalyn, 1997) Harvill, Ken, Kill Whitey (Los Angeles: Uglytown Productions, 2005) Hay, Sheridan, The Secret of Lost Things (London: Doubleday, 2007) Hemingway, Amanda, The Greenstone...

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