Slavery and Indenture in Mauritian Literature in French
In chapter eight, Srilata Ravi engages with the ‘double colonial heritage’ of slavery and indentured labour in Mauritius through literature as a form of cultural memory. The impact of ethnicized state policies that strategically manipulate, divide and apportion national memory between significant minority groups is evaluated through a reading of texts by Mauritian authors Marcelle Lagesse, Ananda Devi, Nathacha Appanah, Barlen Pyamootoo and Amal Sewtohul. Noting that literature can play a double-edged role of both remembering and critical distancing from the politics of memorialization, Ravi seeks to determine how far Mauritian literature since the 1960s follows or deviates from the typical pattern of compartmentalization of memory that has divided public memorials to slavery and indenture on the island between the Hindu and Afro-Creole communities.
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