The literatures of Kanaky-New Caledonia modify the concept of hybridity as they create singular indigenous and settler responses to the current political proposals for a ‘common destiny. Indeed, the various studies that constitute this book reveal the presence of multiple and shifting hybridities at all levels of the literary work of recovery and reconstruction: To the palimpsestic and translational hybridities of the accounts of ‘discovery’, the tropes of exile and of home in the (hi)stories of settlement add strategic hybridity. Different kinds of mixing coexist within an evolving Kanak writing. Inner splitting occurs within the imaginative rediscovery of indigenous community in the work of the single published Kanak woman writer. Mixing, however, does not obviate ‘ ipseity, the sense of enduring – ifalso engendering – self, Pacific cores that continue to reconfigure the hybridities they produce distinctively.
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