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
|Article Title||Le retour du Nègre romantique? Enjeux mémoriels et identitaires dans Le Nègre et la Méduse de Martine Le Coz|
|© Publisher:||Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA)|
|Journal||French Studies in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||142 - 168|
|Keyword(s)||Alterite, Esclavage, Identite, Identity, Le Negre et la Meduse, Memoire, Memory, Otherness, Romanticism, Romantisme and Slave|
The novel of Martine Le Coz, Le Nègre et la Méduse, focuses on one of the principal maritime tragedies of the XIXth century : The Wreck of the Medusa. From this historical drama, she traces back the fate of the Negro Alpha, passenger against his wishes, of the frigate Méduse. In fact, it is a pretext to approach questions connected to otherness, memory and identity ... Le Nègre et la Méduse presents a certain kind of discontinuity in the representation of the shipwreck of the Méduse, 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 Méduse, a literature interrogated in this novel.
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