Nous sommes tous poursuivis par un monstre: postcolonial hauntologies in the works of Chamoiseau, Ollivier and Haneke
Author: Campbell, Tanya
Source: International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 13, Number 1, 1 June 2010 , pp. 79-90(12)
Abstract:This article seeks to explore the usefulness of Jacques Derrida's notion of hauntology, whereby the past is always revenant and the repressed returns, through analysis of two acclaimed contemporary Caribbean novels by Patrick Chamoiseau and mile Ollivier, and a critically successful film by Austrian director Michael Haneke. A key theoretical concept, the philosopher's neologism is looked at in a postcolonial frame to explore how painful memory is often repressed or elided to mask historical events, and how the traumas of the past perpetually impinge on the present. This article contributes to the ever-growing rhetoric around memory in a postcolonial world deeply concerned with issues of remembrance and commemoration. It highlights the important role literature and film have to play in helping us retrieve our forgotten and fragmented past as we continually seek to make sense of the present.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2010-06-01
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