Rainbow Colors: Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius by Srilata RaviRainbow Colors: Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius by Srilata Ravi

Rainbow Colors: Literary Ethno-topographies of Mauritius

bySrilata Ravi

Hardcover | December 24, 2007

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The narratives under consideration in Rainbow Colors depict Mauritius's history of competing colonial forces, describe its intricate social geography of free and forced migrations, and portray the anxieties of mixed race persons and cultures in postcolonies.Through a rigorous analysis of novels from Loys Masson's L'etoile et la clef (1945) to Ananda Devi's Moi, l'interdite (2000), this study argues that there is no single grand narrative of cultural hybridity and ethnic pluralism in Mauritius. By conceptualizing literature as the overlapping space of ethnic-cultural realities, national and transnational identities, and a poetics of alterity, Rainbow Colors explores how different literary ethno-topographies of Mauritius are produced at this intersection. This original work considers Mauritian writing in French in its own right and not as a minor literature within the Francophone tradition. Furthermore, while significant monographs on ethnicity and nation have been published on the African and Caribbean novel (in English and in French), this is the first such single-authored book-length study on Mauritian novels to date.
Srilata Ravi is senior lecturer of European Languages and Studies at the University of Western Australia.
Title:Rainbow Colors: Literary Ethno-topographies of MauritiusFormat:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 9.36 × 6.43 × 0.74 inPublished:December 24, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739121375

ISBN - 13:9780739121375


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. Coloring the Rainbow-An Introduction Part 2 Part I Chapter 3 2. Coolie Heroism: Nationalism, Postnationalism, and the Romance of Indenture Immigration Chapter 4 3. Walking on Fire: Religion, Gender, and Identity in Ananda Devi's Le voile de Draupadi Part 5 Part II Chapter 6 4. Ambivalently Abnormal: Métis as Racial Grotesque in Loys Masson's L'étoile et la clef and Carl de Souza'sLe sang de l'Anglais Chapter 7 5. Colors of Shame: Métissage and Desire in Marie-Thérèse Humbert's A l'autre bout de moi Part 8 Part III Chapter 9 6. Remembering to Forget: War and Domesticity in Marcelle Lagesse's Le vingt floréal du matin Chapter 10 7. Drifting Pauls and Wandering Virginies: French Creole Identities in Jean-Marie Le Clézio's La quarantaine Part 11 Postface Chapter 12 8. Trodden Rainbow: Towards an Ethics of Reading Violence in Ananda Devi's Moi, l'interdite

Editorial Reviews

This useful book explores the relations between ethnicity, identity and nation in the literary texts which have emerged in the French language recent times from Mauritius. These texts show how Mauritian writers using French have emerged from the exoticizing shadow cast by early French representations of the island to embrace and engage with the modern realities of this complex, multi-layered society. This is a well-researched and timely account of a place in which diasporic identity is the universal condition. It speaks to issues which are becoming central to all studies of the postcolony and to the situation of the erstwhile metropoles.