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The Literatures of the French PacificReconfiguring Hybridity$
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Raylene Ramsay

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380376

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380376.001.0001

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. The Paradoxical Pathways of the First Kanak Woman Writer

. The Paradoxical Pathways of the First Kanak Woman Writer

Déwé Gorodé’s Parti Pris of Indigeneity

(p.175) 5. The Paradoxical Pathways of the First Kanak Woman Writer
The Literatures of the French Pacific

Raylene Ramsay

Liverpool University Press

Déwé Gorodé's singular poetry, play, short stories, and novels attempt to recover a partially destroyed cultural heritage from ‘under the ashes of the conch shells’. Despite French and outside influences, her texts relegate the colonial other and Western rights discourses to the background, foregrounding a Kanak vision of the universe in a parti-pris of indigeneity. Her ‘spaces in-between’, centered on the quotidian lives of Kanak women in a masculinist culture are thus marked by a series of paradoxes. The critical narrator, Eva, in her ‘no-man's land between Noumea and the tribu in the first Kanak novel, or Kaavo, legendary Princess or resistant woman seeking a way around the immovable ‘rock of custom’ continue to respect their obligations to the group. Gorodé's literary work, which illustrates the gaps in Bhabha's elaboration of hybridity, most notably his failure to take account of differences of gender, constructs its own paradoxical bilingual reality.

Keywords:   Déwé Gorodé, Kanak writing, Indigeneity, ‘Under the ashes of the conch shells’, Paradoxical hybridity, The Quotidian, The ‘rock’ of custom, Resistant women, Gender difference

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