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Patrick ChamoiseauA Critical Introduction$
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Wendy Knepper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031540

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031540.001.0001

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Vernacular Forms and Wandering Genres

Vernacular Forms and Wandering Genres

(p.59) Chapter Three Vernacular Forms and Wandering Genres
Patrick Chamoiseau

Wendy Knepper

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers close readings of Chronique des sept misères and Solibo Magnifique, which bring related but distinctive narrative strategies to the inscription of a shared set of concerns about Martinique’s sense of community, the role of vernacular culture, and the role of neoimperialism. Reading these two novels in dialogue highlights Chamoiseau’s quest for a new form of narration that would represent creatively and critically the dislocated realities and guises of life and culture in Martinique under colonization and departmentalization. Where Chronique explores the demise of market culture in the twentieth century, Solibo interrogates the erosion of vernacular culture, especially oral storytelling traditions.

Keywords:   Caribbean writers, Martinique, neoimperialism, vernacular culture, narrative

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