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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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Activism and Tales of Initiation

Activism and Tales of Initiation

(p.212) Chapter Eight Activism and Tales of Initiation
Patrick Chamoiseau

Wendy Knepper

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter begins with an account of Chamoiseau’s activist concerns. It then presents readings of the tales of initiation and alternative paths to enlightenment as represented in Un dimanche au cachot and Les neuf consciences du Malfini. Chamoiseau’s professional experience working with delinquent children shapes the narrative of Un dimanche au cachot, which focuses on his efforts as educator. Malfini, another of Chamoiseau’s conversion narratives, which is part fable and part treatise, extends his longstanding interest in birds as metaphors for the liberation of the imaginary.

Keywords:   Caribbean writers, activist, tales of initiation, enlightenment

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