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Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel

Creole Identity in the French Caribbean Novel

The history of departmentalization, which is the constitutionally sanctioned process by which the former French colonies in the Caribbean became administrative divisions or "departments" of France in 1946, shapes H. Adlai Murdoch's discussion of creole identity in the French Caribbean novel. This process resulted in the granting of French citizenship to the people of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, and Réunion. The author, focusing on the cultural, political, and historical repercussions of departmentalization, carefully explores the paradox and ambiguities that emerge from this double positionality in important novels of the French Caribbean canon. Drawing from the complex historical relationship between France and the Caribbean, Murdoch succeeds in analyzing the cultural,... Show More
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