This thesis explores how the lived experience of islands is textualised in a francophone postcolonial context by discussing the literary translations of postcolonial islandness, or islands as the product of geographical and historical ruptures. The textual analysis of the chosen texts showcases limmality and island affect as striking recurring aspects of how the space of the island is constantly renegotiated. The study concludes by proposing a response to one of its overarching questions how is it possible to negotiate identity and otherness when the inhabited space exacerbates antinomies to such a radical extent?
|Translated title of the contribution||Towards a Literary and Emotional Geography of the Francophone Postcolonial Island: reading islandness, liminality and affect in Gisèle Pineau, Axel Gauvin and Claudine Jacques|
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2014|