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AutofictionA Female Francophone Aesthetic of Exile$
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Antonia Wimbush

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800859913

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800859913.001.0001

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Exile as a ‘Forced Choice’

Exile as a ‘Forced Choice’

War and Migration in Gisèle Pineau’s L’Exil selon Julia

(p.83) Chapter Three Exile as a ‘Forced Choice’

Antonia Wimbush

Liverpool University Press

Chapter Three offers a new approach to Guadeloupean writer Gisèle Pineau’s L’Exil selon Julia(1996), a text which has already attracted significant attention for its insights into exile and gender. The central focus of this chapter is a study of the motives for the Pineau family’s migration from Guadeloupe to metropolitan France in the 1960s, and it is structured around the question of choice in exile. Analysing the causal relationship between war and displacement for three generations of Pineau women (the unnamed narrator, her mother Daisy, and her grandmother Julia), the chapter argues that their mobility which arises as a result of male participation in the First and Second World Wars has complex, long-lasting, and, at times, even unexpectedly beneficial impacts on the family.

Keywords:   Exile, ‘Forced choice’, World Wars, Racism, Gender, Guadeloupe

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