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Rainbow colors; literary ethno-topographies of Mauritius.


Rainbow colors; literary ethno-topographies of Mauritius.

Ravi, Srilata.

Lexington Books


173 pages



After the empire; the Francophone world and postcolonial France


Ravi (European languages and studies, University of Western Australia) considers Mauritian writing in French in its own right and not as minor literature within the Francophone tradition. The narratives under consideration depict Mauritius' history of competing colonial forces, describe its intricate social geography of free and forced migrations, and portray the anxieties of mixed race persons and cultures in postcolonies. Through a rigorous analysis of novels spanning more than 50 years, from Loys Masson's L'etoile et la clef (1945) to Ananda Devi's Moi, I'interdite (2002), he argues that there is no single grand narrative of cultural hybridity and ethnic pluralism in Mauritius.

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