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Du franais-banane au crole-dragon: entretien avec Raphal Confiant

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Raphal Confiant speaks of his literary formation, his experiences in founding the KAPES KREYOL and the paradoxes of inhabiting a diglossic society. Focusing on early Creole work with Grif an t and closely probing the labels of francaisbananeand crole-dragon, the interview explores Confiant's approach to the interplay between Creole and French. There is further questioning of comments made by Confiant at the Salon du Livre 2006, Francofffonies, and the author also offers perspectives on his literary work, delivered with characteristic frankness and good humour.

Keywords: Antilles; CAPES; Caribbean; Creole/Crole; Martinique; Salon du Livre 2006; franais-banane; identity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Trinity College, Oxford.

Publication date: 2006-09-12

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  • The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.
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