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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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Autoethnographic Fictions of Childhood

Autoethnographic Fictions of Childhood

(p.130) Chapter Five Autoethnographic Fictions of Childhood
Patrick Chamoiseau

Wendy Knepper

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter offers close readings of Chamoiseau’s fictional texts on childhood, which include Antan d’enfance (1990), Chemin-d’école (1994), and Á bout d’enfance (2005). By splitting childhood into distinctive stages, Chamoiseau revives the slow drama of childhood development, and recognizes that childhood involves a series of dramatic transformations and ruptures of consciousness. The works are examples of “autoethnographic expression,” which is defined as “instances in which colonized subjects undertake to represent themselves in ways that engage with the colonizer’s own terms.”

Keywords:   Caribbean writers, childhood fiction, Antan d’enfance, Chemin-d’école, Á bout d’enfance, autoethnographic expression

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