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The Fiction of J. M. G. Le Clezio: A Postcolonial Reading - Modern French Identities 103 (Paperback)
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The Fiction of J. M. G. Le Clezio: A Postcolonial Reading - Modern French Identities 103 (Paperback)

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Paperback 193 Pages / Published: 30/10/2012
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Since the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to J. M. G. Le Clezio in 2008, there has been a wave of new interest in his ÷uvre. This book traces the evolution of the writer's postcolonial thought from his early works to his groundbreaking autobiographical novel Revolutions, arguably his most subversive text to date. The author shows how Le Clezio's critique of colonialism is rooted in an early denunciation of capitalism and philosophical dualism, and sheds new light on the crucial roles played by Jean-Paul Sartre, Aime Cesaire and Frantz Fanon in his development. The author's close reading of Revolutions reveals a complex system of interconnections between the colonial conflicts from the 1700s to the 1900s, with recurrent patterns of violence, cultural repression and racism. The issue of neocolonialism is addressed and the persistence of the colonial mindset in contemporary Europe and Westernized countries is shown to echo the findings of Paul Gilroy, Max Silverman and Etienne Balibar. The book concludes with an examination of the utopian elements underpinning Revolutions, establishing close affinities with the work of Edouard Glissant and developing the notion of permanent revolution. Themes explored include those of storytelling, cultural memory, cultural identity, language, intertextuality and interculturality.

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
ISBN: 9783034301626
Number of pages: 193
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition

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