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loge de la barbarie selon Gisle Pineau

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This essay focuses on the model of Tout-monde (or Whole-World) developed in Gisle Pineau's 2005 novel Fleur de Barbarie. douard Glissant's theories, as developed in Tout-monde and Trait du Tout-monde, inform our interpretation of Pineau's novel. Like Glissant's, Pineau's Tout-monde is a totality that does not lead to totalitarianism, which establishes a series of links between international minor events that challenge the center/periphery model. However, Pineau adds to her Whole-World the crucial element of gender and sexuality absent from Glissant's theory. The study demonstrates how Pineau builds a feminist model of totality, in which women's bodies and sexual politics play a crucial role. Pineau, for instance, constructs a network of feminist intertextual relations by entering into a transnational dialogue with Hlne Cixous's texts and Josephine Baker's songs. Moreover, this essay shows how Pineau's novel extracts Guadeloupe from its peripheral status as Overseas Department by exoticizing the rural region of Sarthe, and by depicting Guadeloupe as a Cosmopolitan Center. Pineau calls her Tout-monde barbarie deconstructing the word barbare before reclaiming it as a pride.
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Keywords: Gisle Pineau; Guadeloupe; adoption; corps; douard Glissant; fminisme; insularit; rgionalisme; tout-monde

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Publication date: 16 June 2008

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