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STILLED VOICES UNMUTED

The Poetics of Postcolonial Silence

Collection : L'Orizzonte

Thématique :
- Études et essais

 
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To engage the ever-proliferating critical apparatus that purportedly illuminates the postcolonial text is to encounter invocations of an undefinable space, fraught with equivocation, resistant to consonance, calibration or resolution and, as such, undergirded by irrevocable obstructions. The narrative discourse borne of this encounter can but adduce one or another variant of ignominious defeat. In the optic thus proffered, the labyrinth that is « the postcolonial experience » is in a constant state of flux, inchoate, unmoored, unbounded, and thus stingingly subject to the contortions of the unsayable. However hermeneutically justified such readings, they bespeak but one dimension of an inordinately complex, polyvalent enterprise. For the postcolonial text - rooted in errantry, multifarious, amorphous, and assuredly less acquiescent than subversive - apriorily debunks unidimensional or dismissive over-determinations. As such, the would-be unsayable must be defied and transgressed to accommodate a new space wherein the long silence of the past is superseded by the clamoring of voices too long anchored in subjugation. For Zobel, Oyono and Ousmane, the struggle for metaphysical and linguistic liberation is compellingly metaphorized and replete with generative signifiers, however tainted by the past. From the vestiges of former stillness, there emerges a counter-discourse: a new and irrevocable poetics of postcolonial triumph.

  • Date de publication : 7 septembre 2022
  • Broché - format : 14 x 21 cm • 140 pages
  • ISBN : 978-2-14-028971-2
  • EAN13 : 9782140289712

Professor M. J. Muratore, University of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor, is author of numerous book-length studies, among which figure: The Evolution of the Cornelian Heroine ; Cornelian Theater : The Metadramatic Dimension ; Mimesis and Metatextuality in the Neo-Classical Text ; Expirer au féminin : Narratives of Female Dissolution in the French Neo-Classical Text ; Exiles, Outcasts, Strangers : Icons of Marginalization in Post-World War II Narrative ; Molière's Metatextual Maneuvers; Survey of French Literature : Middle Ages through the 18th Century ; and Survey of French Literature : 19th and 20th Centuries; The Weave of Fragmentation : Discursive Struggle in the Novels of Assia Djebar, Sabiha Khemir, Rachida Madani ; Rachida Madani, The Story Can Wait (English translation with introductory essay) ; Aux carrefours du labyrinthe : narration et fragmentation chez Assia Djebar, Sabiha Khemir, Rachida Madani. She has as well directed, edited and contributed to multiple essay collections: Hermeneutics of Textual Madness : Re-Readings/Herméneutique de la folie textuelle : re-lectures (two volumes) ; Molière Re-Envisioned. Twenty-First Century Retakes/Renouveau et renouvellement moliéresques. Reprises contemporaines ; and is currently founding director and editor of the collection Textualités diasporiques. A wide-ranging spectrum of scholarly articles appear in international journals and focus on French, European and postcolonial works.

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