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New Caribbean Studies

Hunger and Irony in the French Caribbean

Literature, Theory, and Public Life

Authors: Simek, Nicole

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  • Focuses on recent, twenty-first century authors such as Condé, Chamoiseau, Pineau, Schwartz-Bart and Glissant, setting it apart from other studies in the field
    Offers discussion of French Caribbean literature through the lens of irony and hunger - a highly distinctive approach
    Gathers and builds on existing scholarship

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About this book

Through a series of case studies spanning the bounds of literature, photography, essay, and manifesto, this book examines the ways in which literary texts do theoretical, ethical, and political work. Nicole Simek approaches the relationship between literature, theory, and public life through a specific site, the French Antillean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and focuses on two mutually elucidating terms: hunger and irony. Reading these concepts together helps elucidate irony’s creative potential and limits.  If hunger gives irony purchase by anchoring it in particular historical and material conditions, irony also gives a literature and politics of hunger a means for moving beyond a given situation, for pushing through the inertias of history and culture.

About the authors

Nicole Simek is Associate Professor of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Whitman College, USA. She is the author of Eating Well, Reading Well: Maryse Condé and the Ethics of Interpretation.

Reviews

“Nicole Simek examines the connections between hunger and irony to think through texts from the Antillean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and situate them within particular social, political, and ethical considerations. … Hunger and Irony is an excellent resource for scholars whose teaching and research specialize in the fields of Postcolonial Theory and Francophone Literary Studies, history and the cultures of the Francophone world.” (Jennifer Boum Make, Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature STTCL, Vol. 42 (2), July, 2018)

“Nicole Simek offers an insightful study of the presence and multiple uses of irony in French Caribbean works that cross generic boundaries … . Simek’s study will be an excellent resource for students and scholars interested in Caribbean cultural productions.” (Véronique Maisier, H-France Review, Vol. 18 (90), April, 2018)

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55882-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55991-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover  
  • ISBN 978-1-349-71935-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hunger and Irony in the French Caribbean
Book Subtitle
Literature, Theory, and Public Life
Authors
Series Title
New Caribbean Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55882-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55882-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55991-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-71935-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 201
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