n French Studies in Southern Africa - Le retour du Nègre romantique? Enjeux mémoriels et identitaires dans Le Nègre et la Méduse de Martine Le Coz

Volume 2009, Issue 39
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



The novel of Martine Le Coz, , focuses on one of the principal maritime tragedies of the XIXth century : . From this historical drama, she traces back the fate of the Negro Alpha, passenger against his wishes, of the frigate . In fact, it is a pretext to approach questions connected to otherness, memory and identity ... presents a certain kind of discontinuity in the representation of the shipwreck of the , in that it essentially draws on what is left unsaid in the « classic » portrayals of the drama. The author follows the footsteps of Géricault in a narrative situating itself midway between fact and fiction, signaling a distinct literary project at odds with what could be considered as traditional in the literature on the , a literature interrogated in this novel.

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