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Connecting HistoriesFrancophone Caribbean Writers Interrogating Their Past$
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Bonnie Thomas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496810557

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496810557.001.0001

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History, Memory, and Trauma in the Francophone Caribbean

History, Memory, and Trauma in the Francophone Caribbean

(p.3) Introduction History, Memory, and Trauma in the Francophone Caribbean
Connecting Histories

Bonnie Thomas

University Press of Mississippi

In order to explore the theme of connecting histories in personal narratives from the francophone Caribbean, it is important first to examine some of the scholarly debates surrounding history, memory and trauma in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Many studies–including those by Caribbean writers themselves–have emphasized themes of lack, rupture and discontinuity in relation to Caribbean history. For Martinique and Guadeloupe, this loss is primarily explained as a result of slavery and its persistent psychological influences, combined with an ongoing and problematic relationship with France. In the case of Haiti, the loss relates more closely to the political and natural disasters that have plagued the country since independence and have left it in a state of crippling poverty. While it is impossible to deny the impact of these traumas, the present book aims to view the traumatic legacy through a paradigm characterized instead by connection and connectivity.

Keywords:   History and memory, Trauma, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti

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