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Patrick Crowley and Jane Hiddleston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317453

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317187

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‘New World’ Exiles and Ironists from Évariste Parny to Ananda Devi

‘New World’ Exiles and Ironists from Évariste Parny to Ananda Devi

(p.13) ‘New World’ Exiles and Ironists from Évariste Parny to Ananda Devi
Postcolonial Poetics

Françoise Lionnet

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a reading of three authors from two different geographical areas and temporal eras who share a similar postcolonial poetic sensibility articulated in terms of resistance to conventional models of either aesthetics or politics. These are the contemporary New Englander Susan Howe, who is known as a ‘postmodern’ rather than ‘postcolonial’ figure; and two Indian Ocean writers: the eighteenth-century Évariste Parny from the then Île Bourbon (Reunion Island today) and Ananda Devi, the well-known Mauritian novelist. The reading of Howe and Devi sets the stage for the reconsideration of Parny's neglected Creole poetic voice, one of the very first to denounce his culture's practices of slavery and imperial excesses across the Indian Ocean world from the Île Bourbon to India, and across the Atlantic from the Cape of Good Hope to Brazil and Haiti.

Keywords:   Susan Howe, Évariste Parny, Ananda Devi, Creole poetic voice

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