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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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Créolité, Community, and the Word Scratcher

Créolité, Community, and the Word Scratcher

(p.95) Chapter Four Créolité, Community, and the Word Scratcher
Patrick Chamoiseau

Wendy Knepper

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers close readings of Chamoiseau’s works in the late 1980s and early 1990s—a period of intense analysis and incredible creativity as he articulated his ideas on the dynamics of storytelling, creolization, and writing. These works include Éloge de la créolité, Lettres creoles and Au temps de l’antan. During this period, Chamoiseau also produced the first two of his three narrative accounts of childhood, Antan d’enfance (1990) and Chemin d’école (1993), which undermine or question the feasibility of realizing the Creolist objectives of recuperating interior vision and discovering an “authentic” voice.

Keywords:   Caribbean writers, storytelling, creolization, writing, Martinique

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