The Poetics of Ethnography in Martinican Narratives
Exploring the Self and the Environment
Publication Year: 2013
Drawing on narratives from Martinique by Aimé Césaire, Édouard Glissant, Ina Césaire, and Patrick Chamoiseau, among others, Christina Kullberg shows how these writers turn to ethnography—even as they critique it—as an exploration and expression of the self. They acknowledge its tradition as a colonial discourse and a study of others, but they also argue for ethnography’s advantage in connecting subjectivity to the outside world. Further, they find that ethnography offers the possibility of capturing within the hybrid culture of the Caribbean an emergent self that nonetheless remains attached to its collective history and environment. Rather than claiming to be able to represent the culture they also feel alienated from, these writers explore the relationships between themselves, the community, and the environment.
Although Kullberg’s focus is on Martinique, her work opens up possibilities for intertextual readings and comparative studies of writers from every linguistic region in the Caribbean—not only francophone but also Hispanic and anglophone. In addition, her interdisciplinary approach extends the reach of her work beyond postcolonial and literary studies to anthropology and ecocriticism.
Published by: University of Virginia Press
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...immense knowledge within the field of Caribbean Studies has been an endless source of inspiration before, during, and after my work on this project. The support, friendship, and professional generosity he has granted me throughout the years have been essential for the completion of this book. My most sincere appreciation goes to Celia Britton, who ...
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...ologie Précolombienne et de Préhistoire in Fort-de-France, Martinique, there is a large genealogic tree. The tree is part of an exhibition called “Our Amerindian Heritage” (Nos héritages amérindiens), and it traces the roots of a woman by the name of Magdeleine Luraine back to 1654, when the French colonized the island. She is assigned this consecrated ...
1 Anchorings and New Departures
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...aire and René Ménil returned to Martinique after having studied in Paris. They became colleagues at Lycée Schoelcher where Ménil taught philosophy and Aimé Césaire, literature. Together with Césaire’s wife Suzanne and Aristide Maugée, who were their colleagues at the school, they founded Tropiques (1941–1945), a journal for Martinican art, lit-...
2 Self and the City
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...literature seems to start in Paris, but it is only in Martinique that it blos-soms. The urban space of the capital becomes a ground for exploration, which both brings the writers back to their own land and changes the ways they experience the colonial capital. But it is not until the 1950s that the Martinican writer’s situation in France features as a distinct ...
3 Creole Storytellingand the Art of the Novel
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...speaks from a crowded Parisian café, the ultimate environment for talk-ing and discussing, and one of the places in the modern city dominated by the spoken word, la parole. The narrator expresses a sense of belong-ing because here, in the café, he is among friends, voices: “Everybody engages in the exchange, but it is true that everyone reserves an oasis ...
4 A Field of Islands
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...sity of African landscape. The vastness of the savannah overwhelms the viewer and sweeps him away. He then compares this geographical infini-tude with the harmonious but closed landscapes of mainland Greece and Italy, concluding that both the European and the African extremes are We islanders aren’t familiar with that vertigo of the earth. We bind vertigo ...
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...on the Subjective Imagination” that the relationship between self and the surrounding world can be localized in the blind spots of perception when reality does not appear to us as transparent (Explorations 58). Eclipsed per-spectives allow us to connect with others because when we cannot grasp the whole, we turn to other people’s perspectives in order to seize the bigger ...
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: New World Studies