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Architextual AuthenticityConstructing Literature and Literary Identity in the French Caribbean$
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Jason Herbeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940391

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940391.001.0001

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Questioning the Construction of Dogma

Questioning the Construction of Dogma

(p.1) Introduction Questioning the Construction of Dogma
Architextual Authenticity

Jason Herbeck

Liverpool University Press

As a means of situating the correlative concepts of authenticity and identity within the historical context of the region, the Introduction discusses the frustrated notion of origins in the French Caribbean and the inherent obstacles faced in negotiating a murky, ambivalent, (pre)colonial past. After an initial assessment and discussion of what the authors of Éloge de la Créolité describe as the “domination of an elsewhere”—the external forces to which the colonized is subject as a direct result of the colonial project—critical attention is devoted to the different means of identity-building that have been proposed by French-Caribbean authors and critics. In subsequently asserting that “reading structure” in the region’s vibrant literature corpus illustrates well how endeavors of authenticity in the French Caribbean might be both conceived and realized in literary terms, the chapter concludes by clarifying the dual methodological approach (architectural and architextual) that constitutes the framework of analysis for this book.

Keywords:   Identity, Authenticity, French-Caribbean Literature, Architecture, Architexture, Colonocene

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