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Signs of Dissent: Maryse Condé and Postcolonial Criticism

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Maryse Cond is a Guadeloupean writer and critic whose work has challenged the categories of race, language, gender, and geography that inform contemporary literary and critical debates. In Signs of Dissent, the first full-length study in English on Cond , Dawn Fulton situates this award-winning author's work in the context of current theories of cultural identity in order to foreground Cond 's unique contributions to these discussions. Staging a dialogue between Cond 's novels and the field of postcolonial studies, Fulton argues that Cond enacts a strategy of "critical incorporations" in her fiction, imitating and transforming many of the prevailing narratives of postcolonial theory so as to explore their theoretical and conceptual limits.

By rejecting the facile classification of her work as "Caribbean," "African," or "feminist," Cond has gained a reputation as an iconoclast. But Fulton proposes that behind this public image of provocation lies an incisive reflection on the burdens of representation imposed on the non-Western writer, and that Cond 's novels expose the ways in which postcolonial criticism can be complicit in constructing such burdens even as it questions them. Signs of Dissent offers one of the most comprehensive assessments of Cond 's literary production to date, illuminating its exceptional role in shaping a dialogue between francophone studies and the English-dominated field of postcolonialism.


ISBN-13: 9780813927152

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Publication Date: 05-15-2008

Pages: 208

Product Dimensions: 8.97h x 6.39w x 0.54d

Series: New World Studies

Dawn Fulton is Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at Smith College. Her articles on the literature of the francophone Caribbean have appeared in Romantic Review and French Forum.