Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

Writing this book has been an intellectual voyage, and I am especially grateful to colleagues and friends who accompanied me and who have read chapters and offered insightful comments: Zan Kocher at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette; Mary Donaldson-Evans, Philip Goldstein, Gary Ferguson, and...

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Note on Translation

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pp. ix-xii

For books available in French only, the translation is mine. I have left the translation in the body of the chapters and moved the original French quotations to the Notes section. For books with an existing English translation (Chamoiseau and Condé), I maintained...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

Postcolonial Francophone Autobiographies: From Africa to the Antilles reflects a broad spectrum of Francophone autobiographies, examining the works of such authors as Valentin Mudimbé from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Amadou Hampâté Bâ from...

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Chapter One: Hampâté Bâ: Equilibrium and Ambiguous Reception

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pp. 21-52

Unlike the many Francophone African autobiographers who practiced autobiography at a relatively early age, Amadou Hampâté Bâ came to first-person narrative at the last stage of his career as a writer. Bâ was well known as a “traditionalist” for his...

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Chapter Two: Valentin Mudimbé: Autobiography, Philosophy, and Exclusive Francophone Reception

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pp. 53-73

Valentin Mudimbé is well known in the American academy for his numerous works on Africa. The publication of his autobiography, Les Corps glorieux des mots et des êtres, on his fiftieth birthday attests to his continued interest in Africa as well...

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Chapter Three: Kesso Barry: Autobiography, Masculinity, Ambiguity, and Limited Reception

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pp. 74-94

The autobiography of Kesso Barry is atypical compared to those by other autobiographers considered in this study because her autobiography is her only publication and because she declares she wrote it for a special audience: her daughter...

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Chapter Four: Patrick Chamoiseau: The Theatrical Self and a Paradoxical Reception

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pp. 95-117

Patrick Chamoiseau was born in Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, in 1953. He studied law both in his country of birth and in France, and he served as a probation officer in Fort-de-France before working as a librarian with young prisoners...

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Chapter Five

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pp. 118-143

Raphaël Confiant is one of the authors, along with Jean Bernabé and Patrick Chamoiseau, of Eloge de la Créolité (1989), a manifesto for a new literature in the French Caribbean—a literature that, through its use of Creole, is rooted in the realities of the islands....

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Chapter Six: Maryse Condé: Autobiographical Space and Lukewarm Reception

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pp. 144-158

Maryse Condé is a prolific writer, known for her fictional works, but known also for being at odds with critics, one of whom has called her “the recalcitrant” daughter of Africa....

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Conclusion: Francophone African and Caribbean Autobiographies and Their Mixed Reception

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pp. 159-182

My book concentrates on autobiographies written by authors from two geographically different areas, Africa and its diaspora, with French as the common linguistic connection. This study shows that Francophone autobiographers’ adoption of a canonical genre...

Notes

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pp. 171-198

Works Cited

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pp. 199-210

Index

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pp. 211-218