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The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French$
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Oana Panaïté

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940292

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940292.001.0001

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Orphans, Heirs and Adventurers

(p.35) Chapter One Departures
The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French

Oana Panaïté

Liverpool University Press

The first chapter focuses on the works of four writers, Paule Constant, Pierre Michon, Claude Simon and Tierno Monénembo, whose scenes of departure (from the characters’ native village in the Creuse or Limousin or the cities of Lyon or Paris) and arrival (in Africa or the Americas) are saturated with tropes of yearning and despair that simultaneously conjure up exotic fantasies and deep-seated anxieties of displacement and alienation.

Keywords:   Africa, Genealogy, Fictions of Vocation, Colonial Transfiguration

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