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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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An Unpayable Debt: For a Paracolonial Aesthetics

An Unpayable Debt: For a Paracolonial Aesthetics

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(p.171) An Unpayable Debt: For a Paracolonial Aesthetics
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The Colonial Fortune in Contemporary Fiction in French
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Oana Panaïté

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940292.003.0008

In their writings, artists such as Lyonel Trouillot, Régis Jauffret and Léonora Miano ponder, probe and reimagine the contradictory connotations of colonial debt. Literature and theory can shed light on the burdensome, incommensurable and indivisible colonial heritage that continues to shape our era’s violent struggles, ideological incomprehensions and myopic or even catastrophic public policies. They can show that reckoning with irreconcilable visions of the past may lead to imagining a common future and they can call to a particular kind of action in which powerful emotions foster careful reflection.

Keywords:   Colonial Debt, Indivisible Legacy, Paracolonial Aesthetics

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