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Studies in French and Francophone Culture


Edited By Neil Archer and Andreea Weisl-Shaw

Originating in the conference held at the University of Cambridge in 2009, this collection of essays includes a range of innovative papers from across the diverse field of French and Francophone studies. From medieval texts to the dramatization of the novel, from postcolonial writing to the politics of film and the bande dessinée, the articles in this collection draw on recent developments in the theories of adaptation, translation, and cultural and textual transition. In keeping with these developments, they move the notion of adaptation away from questions of authenticity and fidelity, thinking instead about the movement across texts and time, and the way such movement generates new meanings. Offering insightful approaches to its subjects of study, the book is an engaging contribution to this growing area of research.


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Part 3 Adaptation and Translation in Postcolonial Writing Claire Bisdorff ‘Ecrivain? Qu’est-ce qu’un écrivain?’ Oraliture Translated in Maryse Condé’s Traversée de la Mangrove Traversée de la Mangrove, a novel written by Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé, was first published by Mercure de France in 1989. The plot traces the narratives of the inhabitants of Rivière au Sel, a small rural community in the heart of the Guadeloupean forest, as they mourn a murdered man, Sancher, a stranger who had come into their lives a few years earlier. The narrative focuses tour à tour on dif ferent characters of the community, with each of the twenty chapters focussing on – and some of them told from – the perspective of one community member. Sancher’s character func- tions as a web-like fil conducteur for all the other characters in the novel, who seem linked to him in an organic, rhizomatic way. In an elaborate, jigsaw-like construction, their memories interlock to form a vivid portrait of their community. Maryse Condé’s unique style and storytelling abili- ties playfully inscribe the act of writing diegetically into the text. Whilst the male characters try to establish an artistic legacy for themselves, the women forge connections of genealogical and filial order. The characters are concerned with what they leave behind, with the dif ference their pas- sage on earth makes in the fabric of their community. In this study, I shall look at the implications of such connections for the transcription of memory. This search...

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